Russian-Chinese Live-Fire Missiles Exercise; US Troops Around Syria Oil Fields; Talks for Calm in Gaza
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on November 29 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Russian missile cruiser holds live-fire drills with South Africa and China in Atlantic
The Russian missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov held a joint live-fire exercise with the Chinese frigate Weifang and the South African warship Amatola in the Southern Atlantic, the Northern Fleet’s press office reported on Friday.
“The combat ships practiced joint tactical maneuvering and delivered artillery fire against naval targets and also conducted an episode of the ships’ air defense,” the press office said in a statement.
The maneuvers are taking place near the Cape of Good Hope in the Southern Atlantic as part of the practical phase of the first joint drills to ensure safe shipping and maritime economic activity. Today the naval sailors from the three countries will also hold rescue drills and practice liberating a hijacked ship with hostages.
At the final stage, the personnel of the anti-terror squad and inspection groups will play the main role in the drills. During preparations for the practical phase of the international drills, the Northern Fleet’s marine infantry held several exercises to practice liberating a captured ship in the port of Cape Town.
US redeploys forces around Syria oil fields
The US has redeployed forces in eastern Syria in the area around oil-rich Rumaila with trucks loaded with tanks seen heading towards the petrol fields in the region yesterday.
Local sources told Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed that a convoy of approximately 80 American soldiers and 100 military vehicles and trucks withdrew from several points where they had been stationed in the city of Al-Hasakah travelling through areas under the control of Syrian regime forces south of the city of Qamishli, to the Rmelan area of Al-Malikiyah district.
In addition to deploying near the oil fields to stop them falling into the hands of opposition or regime forces, the new position gives the US flexibility in movement and the ability to redeploy in all directions.
Hamas: Fresh talks on agreement for calm in Gaza
Hamas sources said Friday that contacts have been renewed over the past two days between the organization and various mediators, primarily Egyptian intelligence officials, regarding reaching an agreement with Israel over calm in Gaza.
Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, which is considered very close to the organization, reported that UN special envoy to the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov is expected to meet in the coming days with the Hamas leadership in order to complete the negotiations on the agreement.
Mladenov and the Hamas leadership will also discuss the possibility of reaching a long-term settlement agreement with Israel, which will include a solution to the most pressing issues – including the two Israeli captives and bodies of two fallen IDF soldiers held by Hamas and easing of the closure on the Strip.
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Source: TASS, MEMO, YNet