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Israeli air strikes over Hamas arms factory; Russian ship repels air attack; Turkish base in Cyprus

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on December 19 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:

Air force bombs Hamas arms factory after rocket fired from Gaza toward Israel

The air force bombed a Hamas weapons factory in the Gaza Strip before dawn Thursday after Palestinians fired a rocket at Israel which was intercepted by the Iron Dome system, the army said.

Rocket warning sirens wailed in the town of Sderot and other communities near the Gaza border just after midnight, sending residents rushing to bomb shelters.

The IDF said a single projectile was fired from Gaza and it was intercepted by the Iron Dome system. There were no reports of injury or damage.

Several hours later, the Israeli aircraft hit a Hamas weapons production facility in northern Gaza the army said, noting it holds the terror group, which rules Gaza, responsible for all violence emanating from it.

The incident comes a day after an Israeli aircraft fired at and hit an armed Palestinian who approached the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, the military said.

The military said the Palestinian was spotted by IDF observation posts as he neared the security fence in southern Gaza.

Russian guard ship, Indian frigate repel air attack in Indra joint drills

The Baltic Fleet’s guard ship Yaroslav Mudry and the Indian Navy’s frigate Tarkash repelled an attack by a notional enemy’s aircraft and drones during the Indra-2019 joint multiservice force drills in the Indian Ocean, the Fleet’s press office reported on Wednesday.

“On the third day of the practical part of the maneuvers at sea, the guard ship Yaroslav Mudry and the frigate Tarkash held joint drills to repel a simulated enemy’s air attack weapons in the Arabian Sea, notionally employing air defense artillery systems,” the press office said in a statement.

Su-30MKI fighters of the Indian naval aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles simulated the enemy in the drills, the statement says.

“During the drills, the teams of shipboard combat posts detected and classified the targets while the air defense squads notionally eliminated them by the shipborne artillery when the air targets came within the striking range,” the press office reported.

During the drills, the Yaroslav Mudry employed AK-630 shipborne artillery systems and Kortik anti-aircraft missile/artillery launchers.

Turkey intends to open a naval base in northern Cyprus

Turkey plans to open a naval base in northern Cyprus. For these purposes, the army will re-equip the old port of the town of Tricomo, writes the local newspaper Havadis. Representatives of the country’s armed forces have confirmed that a building permit has already been obtained. At the same time, information about the organization of the ammunition depot in this area is denied.

Cyprus was divided along ethnic lines after the Turkish invasion in 1974. It was provoked by a coup, which was organized by supporters of the island’s accession to Greece. During the hostilities, about a third of the territory was under the control of Ankara. On it, ten years later, the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was formed.

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