U.S. Air Strikes in Syria; Tension on the Lebanese Border; Saudi-led Coalition Bombs Yemen Prison
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on September 2 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Russia says US strikes in Syria’s Idlib put ceasefire at risk
Russia’s military said the United States had mounted air strikes in Syria’s Idlib without forewarning Moscow or Ankara, endangering a ceasefire there, Russian news agencies and MEMO reported on Sunday.
The strikes without a heads-up in the “de-escalation zone” breached previous agreements and caused several casualties, TASS news agency cited the Russian defence ministry as saying.
It said Russian and Syrian warplanes had fully suspended raids against insurgents in Idlib province in northwest Syria, after declaring a ceasefire that started on Saturday morning.
On Saturday, the US Central Command, part of the Department of Defense, said US forces struck an al-Qaeda facility in Idlib in an attack aimed at the organisation’s leadership. US air strikes have at times hit targets linked to al-Qaeda in northwest Syria in recent years.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air strikes had pounded bases belonging to militants near the town of Maarat Misrin on Saturday. The UK-based monitor said more than 40 militants, including some commanders, were killed.
Interfax news agency cited Russia’s military as saying the strikes had hit between Maarat Misrin and Kefraya village.
Israeli drone starts fire in Lebanon border forest
The Lebanese military said an Israeli drone, which violated Lebanon’s airspace, dropped incendiary material and sparked a fire in a pine forest by the border on Sunday, MEMO reported.
The fires near the border in Lebanon “originate with operations by our forces in the area,” the Israeli military said in a statement without elaborating.
The Lebanese army statement said it was following up with UN peacekeepers but gave no further details.
Residents and security sources at the border in south Lebanon say Israel has in recent days fired flare bombs into the Israeli-occupied Shebaa farms along the border.
Lebanese state news agency NNA said Israeli forces fired flare bombs there on Saturday – a tactic sometimes used to burn away brush to prevent an ambush.
Israel’s military said on Saturday it had ordered extra forces to deploy near the border, amid rising tensions with Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement.
Saudi-led coalition bombs Yemen prison, scores killed
Air strikes by a Saudi-led military coalition in southwest Yemen hit a prison complex, killing scores of people, Yemen’s Houthi movement and a Red Cross official said on Sunday.
The Sunni Muslim coalition, which has been battling the Iran-aligned Houthis for over four years in Yemen, said it destroyed a site storing drones and missiles in Dhamar.
Franz Rauchenstein, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation in Yemen, said after visiting the prison complex and hospitals on Sunday that a “safe presumption is that over 100 had been killed”.
The Houthi health ministry earlier said at least 60 bodies were pulled from the rubble at the detention centre, which officials said housed 170 prisoners.
“There are three buildings hit and the building where the detainees were located, most of them or the majority has been killed,” Rauchenstein told Reuters by telephone.
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Source: MEMO, Reuters