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Two Russian bombers near Canada; Attacks in Saudi Arabia; Tension in Gaza

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on February 1 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:

Russian strategic missile carriers Tu-160 spotted off the borders of Canada

Two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers flew close to Canadian airspace, the North American Joint Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said.

“On Friday, January 31, 2020, NORAD identified two Russian Tu-160 bombers that entered the Canadian Air Defense Identification Zone,” the TASS Joint Command for Aerospace Defense of North America reports.

NORAD specified that “Russian aircraft did not enter the airspace of the United States or Canada.”

The head of the Joint Command, American General Terrence O’Shaughnessy, said that the Russian Tu-160’s passage near Canadian airspace was allegedly “a continuation of the buildup of aggressive actions” by the “opponents”.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that two Russian strategic missile carriers Tu-160 completed a planned flight over the neutral waters of the Barents and Norwegian Seas, as well as the Arctic Ocean.

Yemen’s Houthis say recent attacks on Aramco, airports in response to airstrikes

Yemen’s Houthi military spokesman said on Friday the group had launched 26 rocket attacks in the past week against airports in southern Saudi Arabia, facilities belonging to oil giant Saudi Aramco and “two sensitive targets deep in” the kingdom, reports Reuters.

The spokesman for the Iran-aligned group, Yahya Sarea, said the attacks, which were first announced on Thursday, were in response to airstrikes carried out inside Yemen by a Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthis for the past five years.

The Saudi authorities have not confirmed the strikes, and the coalition has not responded to requests for comment.

If confirmed, the attacks would be the first by the Houthis on Saudi Arabia since late September, when the group which controls most urban centres in Yemen said it would halt missile and drone attacks if the coalition ended airstrikes on Yemen.

IDF strikes Hamas in Gaza in response to rocket, mortar fire

The Israeli Air Force carried out strikes on Hamas targets in Gaza overnight Friday-Saturday in response to several attacks launched across the border earlier Friday.

Fighter jets hit “terror targets” belonging to Hamas following the rocket, mortar and explosives attacks, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

“A short time ago IDF warplanes and aircraft attacked several additional terror targets belonging to the Hamas terror organization in the northern Gaza Strip. Among the targets that were attacked were warehouses for the storage of weapons, and underground infrastructure,” the IDF said in a statement.

The attack on the targets will hamper Hamas’s ability to further build up its capabilities, the statement said.

“We hold Hamas responsible and will continue operating against any attempt to harm Israeli civilians,” the IDF said.

Earlier Friday, Palestinians in Gaza fired two rockets into Israel, one of which was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

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