Drones Attack Iranian-Backed Militia; Russia Warns Syrian Kurds; Israeli Drone Shot Down
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on October 23 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Unidentified drones attack Iranian-backed militia in eastern Syria-report
Unidentified drones attacked Syrian areas controlled by the Assad regime and Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias at the Hamdan airport near the town of Al-Bukamal in the eastern region of Deir ez-Zor, according to opposition-affiliated TV station Halab Today.
Before the attack, three drones were seen flying from the direction of areas under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces militia, according to Step News, a news agency founded by Syrian activists and journalists. At noon, explosions were heard at the Hamdan airport. Ambulances were sent to the airport, but the number of causalities is unknown.
Iranian-backed militias in Al-Bukamal have been targeted by airstrikes multiple times in the past year.
Syrian forces and Iranian-backed militias began transferring equipment and materials to Al-Bukamal for the purpose of building bridges across the Euphrates River, according to local news outlet Deir ez-Zor 24.
International coalition aircraft intensified flights over the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor last week.
Russia warns Syrian Kurdish YPG to pull back as its forces move in
Russian military police arrived in the strategic Syrian city of Kobani on Wednesday as Moscow warned Kurdish YPG forces that they face further armed conflict with Turkey if they fail to withdraw from Syria’s entire northeastern border, Reuters reported.
Russia’s warning came a day after it struck an accord with Turkey calling for the complete pullout of the YPG fighters, which were once U.S. allies but which Ankara calls terrorists.
The police arrival in Kobani marked the start of a period when Russian and Syrian security forces will oversee the removal of YPG fighters and weapons at least 30 km (19 miles) into Syria, under the deal struck by presidents Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan.
A complete pullout of the YPG would mark a victory for Erdogan, who launched a cross-border offensive on Oct. 9 to drive the Syrian Kurdish militia from the border and create a “safe zone” for the return of Syrian refugees.
Israeli drone shot down over Lebanon border
A small drone operated by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) crashed in southern Lebanon at Fatima Gate on Wednesday morning. It appeared to have been shot down, although differing accounts regarding the incident were reported after the surveillance device was identified as a small DJI Mavic, as used commonly by Israeli soldiers.
The IDF uses drones near the border with Lebanon on a daily basis for intelligence gathering purposes. The army claimed on Twitter that its unmanned military drone “fell” during “routine security activity.”
However, according to Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency, an “enemy drone” was shot down by a civilian using a hunting rifle in the southern town of Fatima Gate. Al-Manar TV said that a resident of Kafarkela, a village in southern Lebanon across the border from the Israeli town of Metula, downed the unmanned aerial vehicle with his shotgun. Video shared on social media showed the aerial device hovering in the air next to the Fatima Gate, followed by gunfire.
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Source: Reuters, MEMO, TJP