Dozens shelling incidents in Idlib; Alleged Libya arms trafficking; Israel bombed terrorists facilities

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At least 22 shelling incidents recorded in Idlib de-escalation zone in past day – ministry

The Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Parties in Syria has recorded 22 shelling incidents by illegal armed groups in three regions in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone in the past 24 hours, Rear Admiral Oleg Zhuravlev, the center’s chief, said on Sunday.

“In the past 24 hours, 22 episodes of shelling have been registered,” Zhuravlev said.

On Saturday, 25 shelling incidents were reported in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

According to Zhuravlev, three inhabited localities in Aleppo province, seven in Latakia province and six in Idlib province came under shelling by militants.

Russian military police continued patrolling some areas in Aleppo and al-Hasakah provinces, he said.

“All the patrolling activities were held in conformity with the approved plans. No incidents were reported,” he said adding that “the air force’s aircraft conducted patrols.”

The planes took off from Kwayres airfield (located on the outskirts of Aleppo) and later flew back to land there.

Italy arrests ship’s captain over alleged Libya arms trafficking

Italian authorities have arrested the captain of a Lebanese-flagged cargo ship which was seized in the port of Genoa on suspicion of trafficking arms to Libya, including tanks and artillery, the city’s chief prosecutor said on Friday, reports Reuters.

Any deliveries of weapons to Libya would be in violation of a United Nations embargo, although UN officials say the embargo has been subject to frequent violations.

The vessel, the Bana, was blocked by police in Genoa harbour on February 3.

It was then searched after a ship’s officer told Italian authorities that weapons had been loaded onto the ship at the Turkish port of Mersin then transported to the Libyan capital Tripoli, a judicial source said.

The shipment included tanks, howitzers, machine guns and air defence systems, the source said.

The ship was originally scheduled to sail from Turkey to Genoa. But according to the informant, who has requested political asylum, Turkish military officers escorting the shipment had told the crew to declare that the stop in Tripoli was due to mechanical problem.

IDF strikes Islamic Jihad in Syria, Gaza in response to rocket fire, killing 2

In a highly irregular move, the Israel Defense Forces launched a series of retaliatory airstrikes on Palestinian Islamic Jihad sites in both Syria and the Gaza Strip on Sunday night in response to waves of rocket attacks by the Iran-backed terror group throughout the evening, the military said.

“IDF fighter jets struck terror sites belonging to the PIJ terror group south of Damascus in Syria, as well as dozens of PIJ sites throughout the Gaza Strip,” the IDF said in a statement.

Islamic Jihad said in a statement that the airstrikes killed two of its members, identifying them as Salim Salim, 24, and Ziad Mansour, 23. It did not disclose their nationalities or elaborate on their roles. The militant group vowed to respond to the deaths of its members.

Israel rarely acknowledges conducting airstrikes in Syria, save for those that are in retaliation to attacks coming from there.

Rocket attacks against southern Israel continued throughout the IDF’s counter-attack, triggering several rounds of sirens in the town of Sderot and the surrounding area.

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