Russian base was attacked; Turkey deploys tanks in Syria; French troops in Africa
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on February 3 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Militants’ drone intercepted by air defense systems of Russian base at Syria’s Hmeymim
Servicemen of the Russian airbase at Syria’s Hmeymim replied an attack of drones launched from the territory of the terrorists-controlled Idlib de-escalation zone, Major General Yuri Borenkov, chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria, said on Sunday.
“At about 23:00 Moscow time on February 1, airspace control tools of the Russian airbase at Hmeymim stopped a cluster air target of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) launched from militants-controlled territory of the Idlib de-escalation zone. The base’s electronic warfare systems took over control of the UAVs and deactivated their control systems,” he said.
According to Borenkov, no one was hurt, no damage was done to the base. The Hmeymim base continues to operate in a routine mode.
He also said that illegal armed groups continued to violate the ceasefire in the Idlib de-escalation zone. “Thirty-two shelling attacks were reported during the day,” he said.
Turkey deploys tanks to Syrian border amid fresh Idlib violence
Turkey has deployed additional armed vehicles and soldiers to its border with Syria as an intensifying military push by Syrian government forces in the country’s last major rebel-held stronghold has prompted fears of a new refugee crisis.
Backed by Russian jets, the Syrian troops have recently made large advances in Idlib province during the deadly offensive that has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee towards safer areas near the Turkish border, according to the United Nations.
The Syrian government’s campaign has shattered a fragile ceasefire that was brokered last month by Turkey and Russia, raising tensions between the two countries which back opposing sides in the conflict but have also coopoerated in attempts to find a solution to the almost nine-year-old war.
Turkish state media reported on Sunday that the deployment of tanks and other armoured vehicles to Reyhanli district of Hatay province was completed earlier in the day.
“Turkey would do what is necessary diplomatically or militarily in order to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib and keep the region stable,” Ahmet Berat Conkar, a member of the Turkish parliament’s foreign affairs committee, told Al Jazeera.
French defense ministry to send 600 more troops to Africa’s Sahel
France will deploy 600 more soldiers in the fight against Islamists militants in Africa’s Sahel, south of the Sahara, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said on Sunday.
The reinforcements would mostly be sent to the area between Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, Parly said in a statement. Another part would join the G5 Sahel forces.
France has about 4,500 troops already operating in the region.
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Source: TASS, Al Jazeera, Yeni Safak