Turkey Has Tested S-400’s Radar; Artillery Strikes at Israel; Car Bomb Attack in Syria
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on November 26 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Turkey crossed red line when it started testing S-400 radars — US senator
Turkey has crossed ‘another red line’ by starting tests of the radar detection system it purchased from Russia as part of the S-400 missile defense system, US Senator for Maryland Christopher Van Hollen said.
“Two weeks after his WH [White House] visit, [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan is thumbing his nose at Trump, the U.S. + NATO, and crossing another red line on S-400s,” Van Hollen said in a Twitter post, attaching an article on the issue.
“Existing law requires Trump to impose sanctions. Pompeo must also confront Turkey about its latest ‘safe zone’ violations and attacks against the Kurds,” the US senator added.
The Pentagon refused to comment on whether the US personnel was taking part in Turkey’s trials of S-400 systems, which it had earlier began with the use of US-made F-16 fighter jets.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on November 19 he told US President Donald Trump that Ankara would not give up the Russian-made S-400 systems.
Mortar shell fired from Gaza strikes open field in southern Israel
Terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a mortar shell at southern Israel Monday evening, apparently striking an open field in the Eshkol region, Israeli authorities said.
The Israel Defense Forces confirmed that one projectile had been fired from the Palestinian enclave, but didn’t comment on where it landed.
An Eshkol Regional Council spokesperson said the shell had apparently struck an uninhabited area outside a local community.
“The matter is being checked and searches are being carried out in the area,” the spokesperson said.
The launch triggered warnings on the IDF Home Front Command’s smartphone application for people in the area but not sirens as the projectile was not heading toward a populated area.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The attack followed several days of relative calm on the Gaza front following a flare-up between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group earlier this month.
Car bomb kills two civilians in Azaz, injures three in Syria
At least two civilians were killed and three others were injured in a car bomb attack in Syria’s northwestern city of Azaz, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said on Monday.
“According to initial reports, a car bomb detonated by the terrorists outside the bus terminal in the centre of the city has killed 2 people and severely injured 3,” the ministry said on Twitter.
It added that the YPG/PKK terrorists, “the enemy of humanity,” targeted innocent civilians in Azaz.
Turkey on Oct. 9 launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria, east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.
Ankara has reached two separate deals with the U.S. and Russia to pause the operation in order to allow YPG/PKK terrorists to withdraw from a planned safe zone, where Turkey wants to repatriate the refugees.
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Source: TASS, TTI, Yeni Safak