Russia’s Anti-Aircraft System Defends Dubai; Israel Commits War Crimes; More US Troops in Saudi Arabia
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on November 20 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Russian-made Pantsyr anti-aircraft systems provide security for Dubai Airshow
The Pantsyr surface-to-air missile/gun systems, which the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has purchased from Russia, are providing security at the Dubai Airshow-2019 international exhibition, Assistant to the UAE Deputy Defense Minister Major-General Abdullah Al Hashemi responsible for the event told TASS on Wednesday.
“Yes,” Al Hashemi said, responding to the question about whether the Pantsyr air defense missile systems earlier purchased from Russia were used to provide protection for the air show.
The UAE Army is content with the Russian-made Pantsyr missile launchers, the general said.
“This is a good system both for the requirements it has been made and for the ranges, at which it operates. The Pantsyr is quite good,” he added.
Russia delivered 50 Pantsyr-S systems in their export configuration and 1,000 missiles to the UAE in 2009-2013. The deal was worth $800 million.
Amnesty: Israel settlement ‘amounts to war crimes’
Amnesty International stressed yesterday that Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem “breaches international law and amounts to war crimes.”
On its official website, Amnesty International USA’s Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Philippe Nassif, said: “Today, the United States government announced to the rest of the world that it believes the US and Israel are above the law: that Israel can continue to violate international law and Palestinians’ human rights and the US will firmly support it in doing so.
“Today’s announcement does not and will not change the law which is crystal clear: the construction and maintenance of settlements in the Occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, breaches international law and amounts to war crimes.”
“It does, however, place the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, at increased risk by giving Israel the green light to continue with its settlement building and expansion policy which sit at the heart of human rights crisis in the area.”
US deploys more troops to Saudi to counter Iran
The Trump administration yesterday informed Congress that it has deployed an additional 3,000 troops to the Middle East in a bid to counter the perceived growing threat posed by Iran, some of whom have already arrived in Saudi Arabia.
“United States Armed Forces have been deployed to the Middle East to protect United States interests and enhance force protection in the region against hostile action by Iran and its proxy forces,” President Donald Trump informed Congress in a letter.
“Iran has continued to threaten the security of the region, including by attacking oil and natural gas facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on September 14, 2019. To assure our partners, deter further Iranian provocative behavior, and bolster regional defensive capabilities, additional United States Armed Forces have been ordered to deploy to the Middle East.”
A portion of this deployment has already arrived in the kingdom with the remainder set to arrive in the coming weeks. Radar and missile defence systems have also been deployed to protect oil interests from further attacks.
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