Airstrike Hits Libyan Airport; Over 2,000 Russian Paratroopers in Exercise; Turkish Move on Syria
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on October 2 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Libya: Airstrike hits Mitiga international airport
Libya’s Mitiga international airport in the capital Tripoli was hit by an airstrike Tuesday, Anadolu reports.
In a statement posted on social media, the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) said the warplanes that targeted the airport were believed to be flown by forces loyal to Gen. Khalifa Haftar.
The country the warplanes belonged to could not be identified, although the GNA suspected the United Arab Emirates of launching the attacks.
The GNA has accused the UAE of supporting Haftar’s forces, which Abu Dhabi has denied on several occasions.
The airport is located 8 kilometres (about 5 miles) from Tripoli’s city centre and is the only operational airport in the capital.
Over 2,000 paratroopers, 30 tanks fight enemy force in south Russia drills
Over 2,000 paratroopers from the Kamyshin air assault brigade and 100 armored vehicles are taking part in tactical drills in the Volgograd Region in south Russia, the press office of the Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday.
“Overall, the drills involve more than 2,000 paratroopers and about 400 items of military hardware, of which there are over 100 armored vehicles, including around 30 T-72B3 tanks, 50 weapon systems and mortars, eight Il-76MD aircraft, four Mi-8AMTSh combat and transport helicopters and four Mi-35 attack gunships,” the press office said in a statement.
The Kamyshin air assault brigade is one of three large units in Russia’s Airborne Force that have tank battalions.
According to the Defense Ministry, “during the brigade-level tactical exercise with the Kamyshin air assault large unit that started today, more than 600 paratroopers from the brigade advanced from their permanent station in the town of Kamyshin in the Volgograd Region to the take-off airfield in Engels in the Saratov Region.”
Upon their arrival at the airfield, the paratroopers will carry out preparations for their air-dropping. The airborne force will board Il-76MD military transport planes early in the morning of October 3.
Russia watching closely after Turkish move on Syria safety zone – Kremlin
The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Moscow was watching closely after Turkey said it would act alone on its plans to form a “safe zone” in the northeast of Syria, which is a close ally of Russia.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey had no choice but to act alone as too little progress had been made with the United States on forming a “safe zone”, his most direct indication of a cross-border offensive.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow that Turkey had the right to defend itself, but that Syria’s territorial integrity must be preserved.
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Source: MEMO, TASS