Turkish and Syrian Forces in Direct Fierce Clashes; Israel Army Shoot Down a Drone Over Gaza Strip
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on October 30 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Fierce clashes between Turkish and Syrian regime forces
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights SOHR said on Tuesday that violent clashes took place between the Syrian regime forces and the Turkish forces.
The clashes, the first of its kind since the start of the Turkish offensive against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) on 9 October, took place in north-eastern Syria.
The director of the SOHR, Rami Abdulrahman, told Agence France Presse (AFP) that the Turkish forces launched artillery shelling on the regime forces in the morning.
He added that there had been “clashes with machine guns” on the outskirts of the village of Asadiyah near the border with Turkey, pointing out that this is “the first direct clash between the two parties” since Ankara launched its offensive to keep the Kurds from its borders.
According to the SOHR, the clashes continue at a substantial pace on the axis of Asadiyah south of the city of Ras Al-Ayn, between the Turkish forces and loyal factions, on the one hand, and the Syrian regime forces, on the other, accompanied by shelling and attacking mutual targets.
Abdulrahman referred to talks about an attack carried out by Turkish forces from the north and west axes, covered by drones, amid the overflights of Turkish warplanes over the region, in conjunction with the rocket shelling carried out by Turkish forces, wounding six members of the regime forces following the bombardment by Turkish artillery on the area.
IDF jets shoot down drone over Gaza Strip
Israeli fighter jets shot down a drone that was flying at an “irregular altitude” over the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces said.
The military said fighter jets were scrambled when the aircraft was detected and they shot it down.
“An unmanned aircraft flying was detected flying at an irregular altitude over the Gaza Strip. IDF fighter jets were sent toward it and they intercepted it,” the army said in a statement.
It was not immediately clear who was operating the drone.
In general, the Israeli military does not interfere with drones flying over the Gaza Strip unless they approach the border or fly at especially high altitudes.
The incident came after a series of false alarms around Gaza in which rocket sirens were apparently triggered by terror groups’ training exercises in the coastal enclave.
On Sunday, rocket sirens sounded in the community of Kibbutz Erez just north of the Gaza Strip in a false alarm.
And last Thursday, a more serious incident occurred in which Israeli troops unnecessarily fired at least two Iron Dome interceptor missiles, apparently after misidentifying two rocket launches from the Gaza Strip that were directed out to sea as heading toward Israel.
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Source: MEMO, TTI