Missile attack in Syria; A Saudi spy drone was shot down; Iran has threatened Saudi Arabia
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on January 2 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Eight people killed in Syria army bombing in rebel-held Idlib – medics
At least eight people were killed on Wednesday when the Syrian army launched missiles that struck a shelter for displaced families in the country’s northwest, witnesses and residents said.
Five children were among those killed in the strike on a disused school in the town of Sarmin in Idlib province, two medics said, adding over 16 people were injured.
The school building was being used by families fleeing a Russian-backed bombing campaign in Idlib, the last opposition bastion in the northwest.
Sarmin is among towns and villages that have been pounded relentlessly by Russian jets and Syrian artillery since a renewed government assault last month, despite a deal agreed last September by leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran to ease tensions.
Houthis: Third Saudi coalition spy drone downed within 24 hours
It was reported yesterday that a spy drone belonging to the Saudi-led coalition was shot down by the Yemen armed forces allied with the Houthi movement, the third such vessel shot down in less than 24 hours, according to the Houthi run Al-Masirah.
“Air defences managed, thanks to God, to shoot down a Phantom spy drone in the At-Tina area of Hayran district, Hajjah,” Yemeni military spokesman Brigadier Yahya Saree said.
The latest downed drone “belongs to the Sudanese forces and was shot down this morning with an undisclosed missile while carrying out hostilities.”
Yesterday, air defence forces intercepted and targeted two surveillance drones, one of them over Al-Salif area in Hudaydah. The second drone was shot down over the Razih district of the northern province of Sa’adah.
Iran-backed militia leader threatens embassy attacks on Saudi Arabia, UAE
As Iraqi militants and protesters surrounded and stormed the US Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday, a leader of the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) umbrella militia group threatened to carry out similar attacks on the embassies of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
“When the Popular Mobilization Forces are capable of besieging the embassy of evil in Baghdad on this day, then they will soon besiege all the US military bases in Iraq – they will even besiege the embassies of countries like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and others,” tweeted Abo Alaa al-Walae, Secretary-General of the Iraqi Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada, a branch of the PMF.
Crowds had rallied on Tuesday to protest against deadly US air strikes on militia bases, by setting fires, throwing rocks and smashing surveillance cameras. They did not breach the huge embassy’s main compound.
Overnight, demonstrators pitched tents and camped outside the embassy walls. On Wednesday morning, they were bringing in food supplies, cooking equipment and mattresses, Reuters witnesses said, suggesting they intended to stay for a long time.
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Source: Reuters, MEMO, TJP