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European country might buy Su-57s; Saudi troops protect Syrian oil field; Palestinian was shot by IDF

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on December 23 in last six hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:

Azerbaijan thinks about purchasing Russian Su-57

Azerbaijan is interested in buying Russian fifth-generation fighter aircraft Su-57, media write with reference to sources among top managers of the defense industry.

Vedomosti sources said that at the highest political level, a “green light” was given at the beginning of the negotiation process on this issue.

The issue of military-technical cooperation (MTC) was discussed at a meeting between Presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliyev on October 3 in Sochi.

Information about this publication was confirmed by a person “close to the presidential administration.”

Aliyev spoke at the Valdai forum that day, the head of state announced the continuation of work on the development of military-technical cooperation.

Rosoboronexport declined to comment on the topic.

At the end of December, it was reported that the fifth-generation Russian fighter Su-57 successfully passed the second phase of testing in Syria.

Syria: Saudi troops deployed to protect Aramco experts at oil field

Saudi Arabia has deployed “dozens” of soldiers to a major oil field in eastern Syria’s Deir Ez-Zor in an apparent effort to protect the group of Saudi and Egyptian Aramco experts who arrived in the area the previous week, reports have said.

According to the Arabic service of the Anadolu Agency, local sources said that the Saudi soldiers arrived at Al-Omar oil field aboard helicopters. The source also added that this coincided with the arrival of about 30 trucks carrying drilling and digging equipment, which entered Syrian territory from northern Iraq.

The Al-Omar oil field is the largest in the country, which was once seized by Daesh, it is currently under the control of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (formerly YPG), although there has been an increase in American troops being deployed in the area.

It is understood that investments will be made through contracts signed between Aramco and the US government whose own armed forces have steadily been increasing their military presence around the oil fields. Despite initially claiming to scale back troops from Syria, US President Donald Trump announced in October that America had “secured” and taken control of the oil in the Middle East.

Palestinian shot after he crossed Gaza border, brandished knife at soldiers

A Palestinian man crossed the Gaza border fence and threatened IDF soldiers with a knife on Monday, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

In a statement, the army said the man was seen crossing the border. A unit dispatched to intercept him saw him brandish a knife as they approached. The soldiers opened fire at the man’s legs, wounding him.

He was treated by army medics at the scene and was rushed to an unspecified nearby hospital.

The incident took place along the border fence on the southern end of the Gaza Strip, near Al-Bureij, at approximately 11 a.m.

It followed violence last week along the Israel-Gaza border.

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