Syrian regime targets were hit; Russia blames Israel for Syria; Bombs killed 5 in Somalia

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Turkey neutralizes 101 Assad regime military personnel

In the wake of another deadly attack on Turkish troops in northwestern Syria, Turkey’s Defense Ministry on Monday said its forces rapidly retaliated against the Assad regime under the rules of engagement and its right to legitimate self-defense.

On Twitter, the Defense Ministry said that 115 Syrian regime targets were hit and 101 regime military personnel neutralized.

Turkish authorities often use the term “neutralized” to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.

The ministry added that three tanks, two howitzer positions, and one regime helicopter were also hit.

The ministry also said that Turkey’s retaliation against the Assad regime will continue under the rules of legitimate self-defense.

The ministry said the blood of Turkish martyrs will not have been spilled in vain, wishing Allah’s grace upon the martyrs and a speedy recovery to the wounded. It also conveyed its condolences to the families of the martyrs.

Russian envoy: Israeli strikes in Syria ‘increase possibility of conflict’

Russian Ambassador to Syria Alexander Yefimov on Monday condemned Israel for its alleged strikes in Syria, the latest of which was reported to have killed more than 20 Syrian and Iranian military officials.

“The Israeli raids are, of course, provocative and very dangerous for the situation in Syria,” Yefimov said in an interview with Sputnik Arabic, according to an English translation by Syrian news site Al-Masdar. “The [Israeli] missiles are falling not only in the areas bordering Israel, but also reaching areas deep in Syria, in the eastern part of the country and even in residential areas in Damascus. It is regrettable that civilians become victims of these raids.”

Echoing an accusation voiced by Moscow’s Defense Ministry, Yefimov said: “A flagrant incident occurred during the Israeli attack on the night of February 6, when a plane carrying about 172 passengers came under Syrian air defense fire during the response. It is good that they were able to redirect it to the Hmeimim Airbase at the appropriate time.

“In addition to the clear violation of Syrian sovereignty and the real threat to the lives of innocent people, all of this increases the possibility of conflict over Syria and runs counter to efforts to achieve stability and a political settlement,” he added.

Somalia: 5 killed in separate bomb blasts

At least two government soldiers were killed and more than four wounded when a bomb blast targeted a military vehicle on the edge of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Monday, in the wake of an IED which claimed three civilians, officials said.

Mohamed Bulle, a police official in Mogadishu, told Anadolu Agency over the phone that the blast took place in Sinka Dheer, on the capital’s outskirts. “Three civilians were also wounded in the bomb blast. Police officials reached the crime scene and transported the wounded to hospitals,” he said.

Earlier on Monday, at least three civilians were killed after a roadside bomb blast hit a minibus in Lower Shabelle, in the southern part of the Horn of Africa country.

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