DAMASCUS, ($1= 1,257.86 Syrian Pounds) – Strong explosions shook the Syrian capital during the reported air strikes, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing Russian [Interfax], Israeli [The Times of Israel], and Syrian [SANA] media. The Israeli attacks came just days after the Israelis launched a powerful attack and carried out devastating airstrikes on a Syrian army base.
SANA reports that Syrian air defenses have intervened and shot down most Israeli missiles fired at Lebanese airspace in the suburbs of Damascus and Homs.
Reports say Israel “carried out an airstrike by firing rockets from southeastern Beirut” in Lebanon on the outskirts of Damascus and Homs. The media noted that the air defense systems “have removed most of them, the results of the strikes are currently are checking.”
At the same time, Lebanese Defense Minister Zeina Akar condemned the attack, saying that the Israeli Air Force “grossly violated Lebanese airspace at low altitudes, causing a state of panic among the population.”
According to her, the invasion of Israeli planes into the country’s airspace is a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 on resolving the Lebanese war of 2006. She said she had sent a complaint to the United Nations calling on the UN to stop Israel from airstrikes against Syria using Lebanese airspace.
The civil war in Syria
The Syrian civil war has been going on for almost a decade. Attempts by movements such as the Syrian Democratic Forces to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have failed.
The Syrian democratic forces are armed by allies and the United States, while the Syrian army is armed mainly by Russia. Russia is the only country officially invited to Syria by President Bashar al-Assad.
In 2017, the United States launched a massive missile strike on Bashar al-Assad’s forces after a report emerged that the Syrian president had used chemical weapons to attack his people in the country. Syria and Russia deny such actions.
During his tenure, US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw much of US troops from Syria, leaving several troops to guard Syria’s oil fields on the pretext of “falling into the hands of Islamic State.”
With the withdrawal of the United States, Turkey comes to the fore, declaring it necessary to deal with the Kurds and the PKK movement in the northern part of the country, which borders Turkey. That is why Erdogan is sending troops in an attempt to build a stable and secure 30km zone between Syria and Turkey, which will prevent future terrorist attacks on Turkish territory, as it is.
In February 2020, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria. Nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, Syrian-backed forces destroyed dozens of Turkish armored vehicles, and more than ten drones, including drones, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March 2020, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed that a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would use military power.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January, a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind several Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Militants are loyal to Ankara and support Turkey.
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