Russia develops new ‘Tsirkon’ missile; Civilians killed in Gaza; Children killed in missile hit in Syria
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on December 25 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Putin: Russia developing land-based version of Tsirkon hypersonic missile
Russia is carrying out work on developing the land-based version of the Tsirkon sea-launched hypersonic missile, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with the top brass on Tuesday.
“Our work on other systems is proceeding according to plan: on the Sarmat enhanced-yield intercontinental ballistic missile, on the Tsirkon hypersonic missile in its land-based and sea-launched versions, on the Poseidon intercontinental-range underwater drone and on the Burevestnik global-range nuclear-powered cruise missile,” Putin stated.
A unique situation has emerged for the first time in history in the sphere of strategic balance: Russia has for the first time come ahead of the United States in developing the latest armament, the Russian president stressed.
“It was the United States that created the atomic bomb and the Soviet Union was only catching up with it. We also lacked delivery vehicles, nuclear weapon carriers and strategic aviation: the Soviet Union was only catching up. The first intercontinental missiles were not developed in our country either: the Soviet Union was just catching up. But today a unique situation has emerged: they are catching up with us,” the president stated.
Russia previously made no announcements on the work to develop the land-based version of the Tsirkon hypersonic missile.
IDF: civilian deaths unexpected in Gaza strike
As part of its after-action probe, the IDF on Tuesday stated that although a compound attacked during Operation Black Belt resulted in the deaths of eight civilians – all from the same family – the area was marked as a military target by security intelligence services.
Operation Black Belt was initiated in November, following the killing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) military leader in the Gaza Strip, Baha Abu Al-Ata.
The IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement that the IDF had authorized measures to prevent such incidents from occurring again.
“At the end of its probe, several recommendations were authorized in order to prevent such incidents from occurring again,” read the statement. “The area was identified as a military compound belonging to the PIJ.”
“The probe shows that the target was marked following thorough intelligence work and has shown signs of military activity during Operation Black Belt’.
Children among eight killed in Syria as missile hits school
At least eight people, including five children, were killed on Tuesday as missiles hit a school in northwest Syria sheltering displaced civilians, a monitor and opposition activists said.
The strikes targeted the village of Jobas near the town of Saraqeb in southern Idlib province, the last rebel stronghold in the war-torn country.
Syrian government troops also besieged a Turkish observation post in the area but have not attacked it so far, opposition activists said.
Syrian forces launched a wide ground offensive last week in the northwest, after weeks of bombardment that displaced tens of the thousands of people in Idlib province.
Opposition activists say more than 40 villages and hamlets are now under government control in southern parts of Idlib.
The United Nations estimates that some 60,000 people have fled from the area, heading south, after the bombings intensified earlier this month. Thousands more have fled further north towards the Turkish border in recent days.
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Source: TASS, Ynet, Al Jazeera