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Israel Kill Another Man In Gaza Demonstrations

Published 2019-03-11 23:44:31 by Robert Inlakesh in Middleeast, Palestine

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:45 P.M)- A second Palestinian man has died of his wounds, sustained from Israeli fire during demonstrations, today in Gaza. The Gaza Health Ministry have confirmed the death of 23 year old, Musa Mohammed Musa, from Deir al-Balah in the Gaza Strip. The 23 year old was shot during Gaza’s Friday demonstration East of al-Bureij refugee camp. Earlier today was the funeral of 22 year old, Bassem Safi, who also died of his wounds sustained during a demonstration in February.  

Tags: Gaza, Israeli Sniper, Palestinian Killed


Gaza Mourns Another Killed By Israeli Sniper Fire

Published 2019-03-11 19:14:29 by Robert Inlakesh in Middleeast, Palestine

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:15 P.M)- A Palestinian man has died of his wounds, after he was shot during Gaza demonstrations. The Gaza Health Ministry confirmed the death of 22 year old, Bassem Safi, who was shot by an Israeli sniper in February. Bassem Safi was hospitalized and was in critical condition until passing away earlier today. Gazans packed the streets for the young mans funeral today, condemning the murder of the 22 year old martyr.

Since the 30th of March, 2018, approximately 270 Palestinians demonstrators have been killed by Israeli sniper fire. No Israelis have been killed by protesters.

Tags: Gaza, Israeli Sniper, Palestinian Killed


Syrian Army attack leaves large field of smoke in southern Idlib (video)

Published 2019-03-11 18:16:00 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unleashed a big assault across the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this afternoon. Using their MLRS launcher, the Syrian Army fired several surface-to-surface missiles towards Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s defenses near the key town of Khan Sheikhoun. Video below shows a field of smoke in Khan Sheikhoun after the Syrian Arab Army fired several missiles and artillery shells towards Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICQIBWSa9WI The Syrian Army’s attack was in retaliation for Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s recent assault on the large city of Masyaf in the western part of the Hama… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Idlib, Syria


New report reveals up to 400,000 contractors in Russian military

Published 2019-03-11 17:55:50 by News Desk in World-News

Nearly 400,000 contractors currently serve in the Russian Armed Forces, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated on Monday during a session of the Russian State Duma’s (lower house of parliament) Defense Committee. “Since 2012, the number of contractors has nearly doubled, currently reaching 394,000 people,” the minister said. According to him, in every regiment and brigade, two battalions are formed by contractors, while one is formed by recruits, who are not involved in combat missions. “Currently, there are 136 tactical battalion groups in the armed forces formed by contractors, ready to carry out any mission put forward to them,” the… Read on ->

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Tags: Russia


ISIS fighter had wounds treated and received social benefits in Austria: report

Published 2019-03-11 17:20:46 by News Desk in Syria

Austrian citizen of Turkish decent Azad G. was treated for a gunshot wound and received a guaranteed minimum wage for 14 months after returning from Syria in 2014, where he had fought on the side of Daesh, Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung reported. Despite initially looking into Azad G.’s persona, Austrian investigators dropped the case and failed to notify authorities in Vienna about their suspicions, the newspaper added. Although the Daesh militant was on an army blacklist, which prevented him from having the opportunity to receive advanced training (he received basic training in 2010), the Interior Ministry allowed him to travel… Read on ->

Tags: Austria, ISIS, Syria


Rebel sleeper cells emerge across southern and western Syria

Published 2019-03-11 16:56:44 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:40 P.M.) – Rebel sleeper cells have emerged across both southern and western Syria, despite the fact that the Syrian military has declared many of these areas safe to return to. Most recently, the Syrian military reported a powerful explosion inside the rural Daraa town of Tafas after an IED was detonated under a motor vehicle. According to the Syrian military, the IED attack targeted the home of the reconciled Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander Abu Murshid Badran. In addition to this attack, these rebel sleeper cells targeted two other sites inside the northern region of the Homs… Read on ->

Tags: Daraa, FSA, Homs, Syria


Breaking: Syrian Army launches massive assault on southern Idlib

Published 2019-03-11 16:38:18 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unleashed a massive assault across the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. Led by their 4th Armored Division, the Syrian Arab Army fired a plethora of surface-to-surface missiles using their MLRS launcher. According to a military source near the battlefield, the Syrian Arab Army specifically targeted Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions in the vicinity of Khan Sheikhoun. In addition to their attack on southern Idlib, the Syrian Arab Army also targeted the northeastern countryside of this governorate. A source told Al-Masdar that the Syrian Arab Army fired a number… Read on ->

Tags: Idlib, Syria


Russian army to receive medium-range attack drones in 2019

Published 2019-03-11 16:23:33 by News Desk in World-News

The Russian Armed Forces will commission medium-range attack drones for the first time in 2019, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated on Monday during a session of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) Defense Committee. He noted that since 2012, 38 military units have been formed in the Russian army, equipped with over 2,000 military drones. “Starting this year, we will be receiving medium-range attack and surveillance systems,” the minister said. Shoigu stressed that a breakthrough in drone aviation has provided new opportunities for reconnaissance and attack operations. “Thanks to drone laser illuminators, we have managed to give… Read on ->

Tags: Russia


Whoops! Senator Rubio blames Venezuelan power outages on journalist’s name

Published 2019-03-11 13:36:51 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio blamed the recent power outages in Venezuela on an explosion at the German Dam in the Bolivar State. The problem? There is no German Dam. Rubio mistook journalist German Dam’s name for an actual site in Venezuela. “Today another transformer explosion at the German Dam in Bolivar State caused another massive blackout,” tweeted Rubio on Saturday. “The result? Critically ill patients have died, the #Caracas metro remains out of service & few if any flights have arrived at or departed from Caracas in over 20 hours,” he added In response to… Read on ->

Tags: Rubio, Venezuela


Syrian gov’t accuses US Coalition of massacring 50 civilians in Baghouz

Published 2019-03-11 12:26:33 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Syrian government accused the U.S. Coalition of massacring more than 50 civilians in the Baghouz Camp last night. According to a statement from the Syrian government, the U.S. Coalition killed these 50+ civilians after hitting the Baghouz camp with internationally banned white phosphorous bombs. No further details have been released.

The U.S. Coalition resumed their airstrikes on the Baghouz Camp on Sunday following the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) refusal to surrender their last positions. In addition to the airstrikes, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have begun storming the Islamic State’s positions… Read on ->

Tags: Baghouz, Syria


Breaking: Egyptian MoD says 46 terrorists killed in northern Sinai

Published 2019-03-11 12:04:22 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 A.M.) – The Egyptian Ministry of Defense announced on Monday that their forces had killed several terrorists and destroyed over 15 vehicles and 10 hideouts. According to the ministry’s statement, the Egyptian Armed Forces killed at least 46 terrorists and destroyed 17 vehicles and 10+ hideouts in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula. No further details were released by the Egyptian Ministry of Defense. The Egyptian Armed Forces have been involved in several operations against the terrorist groups inside the Sinai Penisula. These military operations have led to the death of hundreds of militants and the… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt, Sinai


SDF launches its final push against ISIS in Baghouz enclave (video)

Published 2019-03-11 11:38:36 by News Desk in Syria

The US-backed SDF attacked the last stronghold of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) near Baghouz in the Deir ez-Zor Governorate, Sunday. The US-backed SDF had asked the IS members in the area to surrender until 17:00 (GMT 15:00) on March 10. As the deadline passed, coalition airstrikes and the SDF heavy weaponry were used at around 18:00 (GMT16:00). Footage shows fireballs landing in the area and smoke rising.

SDF spokesperson Mustafa Bali tweeted on Sunday that its forces were engaged in “direct violent clashes” and that its planes were targeting weapons depots. According to… Read on ->

Tags: Baghouz, ISIS, Syria


India claims of downing F-16 were for political gains: Pakistan

Published 2019-03-11 11:27:34 by News Desk in World-News

Pakistan’s Foreign Office has dismissed India’s claims that a Pakistan Air Force F-16 fighter jet was shot down by an Indian warplane in a recent dogfight over the Kashmir border as “completely baseless”. In the statement, Islamabad also accused the Indian government of providing a false narrative to “mislead the international community” for domestic political goals. “The Indian government and the Indian media continue to spread disinformation to mislead the international community, and the Indian people, for domestic political gains, while trying to cover up its failures and resultant embarrassment. False claims of an Indian aircraft having shot down a… Read on ->

Tags: India, Pakistan


Syrian Army unleashes large-scale attack on jihadist stronghold (video)

Published 2019-03-11 11:09:33 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unleashed a massive retaliatory attack on a jihadist stronghold in southern Idlib last night. Using missiles and artillery shells, the Syrian Arab Army heavily bombarded Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions near the key town of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib. Video below was captured by pro-opposition activists near the town of Khan Sheikhoun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUCLwZViN3k According to a military source in nearby Hama, the Syrian Army’s attack was conducted in retaliation for Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s assault on the government stronghold of Masyaf. Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their allies from the Turkish-backed Jaysh… Read on ->

Tags: Hama, Idlib, Syria


Russia denies launching airstrikes over Idlib demilitarized zone

Published 2019-03-11 10:29:54 by Leith Aboufadel in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Monday morning that their air force did not conduct any airstrikes inside the Idlib demilitarized zone. “The information that has appeared in some Russian media with a reference to so-called military sources on Russia allegedly launching airstrikes in Idlib does not correspond to reality”, the ministry said. The newspaper Kommersant reported, citing sources earlier in the day, that the Russian Aerospace Forces had launched airstrikes on Idlib as a response to terrorists’ violating the ceasefire. According to the media outlet, the alleged airstrikes had been agreed on with Ankara. On that same day,… Read on ->

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Tags: Idlib, Russia, Syria


Venezuelan Army introduces air surveillance over power lines after blackout

Published 2019-03-11 10:02:16 by News Desk in World-News

The Venezuelan Army has introduced an air surveillance system over the country’s power lines to protect its energy system and prevent further incidents, Venezuela’s Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said. “The Venezuelan National Armed Forces launched an air surveillance system for power lines today, and since yesterday they have occupied all strategic facilities… for physical protection at various levels in order to stabilise the system and prevent any other attacks”, Lopez said Sunday as broadcast by the channel VTV. A blackout swept Venezuela on Thursday as national electricity supplier Corpoelec reported of “sabotage” at a major hydroelectric power plant called… Read on ->

Tags: Venezuela


Erdogan vows to block US ‘anti-terrorist corridor’ in northern Syria

Published 2019-03-11 09:30:53 by News Desk in Syria, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that he will not allow an “anti-terrorist corridor” to be created in northern Syria. “We [Turkey] will not allow creating an antiterrorist corridor in northern Syria directed against our country,” the Turkish president said in İskenderun (var. Alexandretta). “We will create a safe zone, and our Syrian brothers will return home,” he continued. “We will clear the entire southern border [of Turkey] from terrorists [i.e. the Kurdish self-defense forces], starting from Manbij [town in northern Syria], just as we did in Afrin [town in northern Syria],” he… Read on ->

Tags: Erdogan, Syria, Turkey


Saudi Coalition attack kills over 15 Houthi fighters, including military commander

Published 2019-03-11 09:10:46 by News Desk in Yemen

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – The Saudi Coalition carried out a powerful attack over the Hajjah Governorate on Sunday in a bid to halt the Houthi advance inside the Kusher District. According to a report from the Hajjah Governorate, the Saudi Coalition heavily bombed a Houthi military convoy that was making their way through the Al-Abisah area of the Kusher District. The report said that the Saudi Coalition attack resulted in the death of more than 15 Houthi fighters on Sunday, including the military commander of their troops, Ahmad Al-Sawari, in northern Hajjah. This Saudi Coalition attack was meant to… Read on ->

Tags: Hajjah, Houthi, Saudi


US presidential hopeful wont commit to war in Syria over past lies in Iraq

Published 2019-03-11 08:38:13 by News Desk in Iraq, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – U.S. presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard told CNN on Sunday that there needs to be evidence to call Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad a “war criminal.” “I think that the evidence needs to be gathered and, as I have said before if there is evidence that he has committed war crimes, he should be prosecuted as such,” Gabbard told CNN. Similar to previous statements she made, Gabbard said Assad is “not the enemy of the United States because Syria does not pose a direct threat to the United States.” “Everything that I have said requires that we… Read on ->

Tags: Assad, Gabbard, Iraq, Syria


Russia, Turkey enter talks to reopen important Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway

Published 2019-03-11 08:15:27 by News Desk in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The Russian and Turkish forces met in the northern city of ‘Azaz on Sunday to discuss the reopening of the imperative Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway. According to a military source in Aleppo city, the Russian and Turkish delegations discussed removing all of the rebel checkpoints across the Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway in order to allow their forces to begin patrolling the area. By removing the rebel checkpoints along the Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway, the Russian and Turkish forces could start to regulate traffic and preserve the security of the people driving through this roadway. Furthermore, the Turkish forces met with the… Read on ->

Tags: Aleppo, Syria, Turkey


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