Russian airstrikes over Idlib; Jordan simulates war with Israel; Germany delivers weapons to Turkey
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on December 3 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Russian airstrikes kill 11 civilians in Syria’s Idlib
In an area of northwestern Syria supposed to be free of acts of aggression, on Monday at least 11 civilians were killed and 20 injured in Russian airstrikes, a local civil defense agency said.
Russian warplanes carried out airstrikes on the districts of Maarat Al-Numan, Saraqib, and number of villages in the northwestern province of Idlib, according to the White Helmets.
Following the airstrikes, civil defense teams launched search and rescue efforts.
Additionally, in the first half of November, attacks by the Assad regime and its supporter Russia have displaced some 40,000 civilians within the Idlib de-escalation zone, according to Syria’s Response Coordination Group, a local NGO.
Turkey and Russia agreed last September to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone where acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.
Jordan holds military maneuver simulating war with Israel
Jordan held a military drill simulating an attack on the Hashemite Kingdom’s western border with Israel amid rising tensions with the Jewish state, Arab media reported on Monday.
According to the reports, the drill was conducted last Tuesday and Wednesday by Jordanian armed forces’ elite Royal Guard 1st Mechanized Battalion of the Jordanian Central Command.
Jordanian King Abdullah II oversaw the maneuver, codenamed “Swords of Karama”, and watched from up close alongside Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz, army and government senior officials and military attachés from several unidentified countries.
The report stated that the maneuvers simulated a defensive battle, with the participation of various corps, fighter planes, and helicopters, “with the aim of destroying the vanguard of the enemy and the bridges that can be used as crossing points” into Jordanian territory.
Germany starts weapons deliveries to Turkey, could be used against Kurds
Germany’s government re-authorized weapons deliveries to the Islamic Turkish government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria, according to German media reports on Friday.
Germany’s economic ministry told the MP Sevim Dagdelen (Die Linke) that armament exports were permitted after Turkey invaded Syria in October. The value of the exports is €3.9m. Dagdelen said the authorization of weapons to Turkey is “completely irresponsible,” and demanded a full ban of military sells to Ankara.
The German Green Party also urged a weapons ban for Turkey.
The export of weapons was allowed following the sixth week of Turkey’s military operation to oust Syrian Kurds. Erdogan claims the Syrian Kurds along its border are an existential threat to its security because they are aligned with the PKK, a Turkish militant organization that seeks an independent Kurdish state.
Four shipments of military-related goods were green-lighted to Turkey. However, the shipments did not include war weapons, according to the economics ministry.
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Source: Yeni Safak, Ynet, TJP