Russia Sends S-400 to Serbia; Israeli Troops Launch Iron Dome Missiles; Syrian Kurds Withdraw
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on October 24 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Russia sends S-400 missile defence systems to Serbia for military drill
Russia said on Thursday a division of its S-400 missile defence system would take part in a military drill in Serbia, underlining Moscow’s wish to keep a traditional ally on side even as Belgrade pursues links with NATO and the European Union, Reuters reported.
It will be the first time that the sophisticated S-400s, together with a Pantsir missile battery, will be participating in military exercises abroad, Moscow’s Defence Ministry said in a statement.
For its part, Serbia’s Defence Ministry said the exercises – dubbed Slavic Shield 2019, aimed to simulate the “use of a joint (combat) group…in defending… against enemy reconnaissance and offensive actions”.
“Apart from anti-aircraft missile systems in use in the Serbian army, missile systems that are in use by the Russian Air Force will also be used” in the live-fire exercise set to run until Oct. 29, it said in a statement.
IDF troops unnecessarily launch Iron Dome interceptor missiles in false alarm
Israeli troops unnecessarily fired at least two Iron Dome interceptor missiles on Thursday morning, the army said, apparently after misidentifying two rocket launches from the Gaza Strip that were directed out to sea as heading toward Israel.
The rocket launches triggered sirens just north of the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces said.
“Alarms were triggered in the northern [Gaza] periphery due to a misidentification [of a launch] from the Gaza Strip toward Israel,” the military said in a statement.
Palestinian media reported that terror groups in the coastal enclave had launched two rockets toward the sea as part of an effort to improve their projectiles.
The IDF refused to confirm that this was the source of the “misidentification.”
The military said soldiers from a nearby Iron Dome battery fired multiple Tamir interceptor missiles. Once it became clear that the interceptors were not needed, they apparently self-destructed as per protocol.
Syrian Kurds from SDF withdraw to 32 km from Turkish border – RIA
Kurds from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have withdrawn to 32 km (20 miles) away from the border with Turkey, Russia’s RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing an SDF official.
Kurds in the SDF group are ready to discuss joining the Syrian army once the crisis in Syria is settled politically, the official was quoted as saying.
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Source: Reuters, TTI