Russia Kill Civilians in Syria; Syrian Defences Destroyed Missile; Russian Fighter Jets on Interception Missions
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on August 16 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Attacks by regime, Russia kill 10 civilians in N. Syria
At least 10 civilians were killed in attacks carried out by Russian and Syrian regime forces in the de-escalation zone in northern Syria, the White Helmets civil defense agency said on Thursday, Yeni Safak reported.
According to Mustafa Haj Yusuf, head of the White Helmets in Idlib province, 10 people were killed in the airstrikes on late Wednesday.
Artillery and airstrikes targeted residential areas in Idlib province’s Khan Sheikhoun, Maarat Al-Numan, Bidama and Madaya towns besides Maaret Herma village, according to an Anadolu Agency correspondent.
The attacks also targeted Hama province’s Ltamenah and Kafr Zita towns.
Mohamed Katoub, an official with the Syrian American Medical Society told Anadolu Agency that a nurse and an ambulance driver were killed in airstrikes on a medical center in Maaret Herma.
Syria says air defences foil missile strike
Syrian air defences identified a missile that was fired towards the city of Masyaf near Hama late on Thursday and destroyed it before it hit its target, a Syrian military source said, MEMO reported.
The missile was fired from the direction of northern Lebanon, the military source added in a statement distributed on a messaging app.
State television had previously reported the sound of a massive blast near Masyaf in Hama province although there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
A spokeswoman for Israel’s military declined to comment on the strike, but Israel has acknowledged repeatedly striking targets inside Syria in recent years. Some attacks Damascus has attributed to Israel have been made from Lebanese airspace.
Israel wants to stop military build-up in Syria by its arch regional foe Iran and Tehran’s close military ally the Lebanese Hezbollah group, which are both fighting on President Bashar al-Assad’s side in Syria’s eight-year civil war.
Russian fighter jets scrambled 19 times on interception missions in past week
Russian fighter jets have been scrambled 19 times in the last week on interception missions near Russian borders, the Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) newspaper quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying, TASS reported.
According to the defense ministry, 28 foreign aircraft were conducting reconnaissance near Russian borders in the past week. The ministry said that violations of the Russian airspace were prevented.
The defense ministry noted that in the past week, Russian pilots performed 320 sorties from 79 aerodromes.
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Source: MEMO, TASS, Yeni Safak