Thursday, 12 July 2018

Israel strikes Syrian army positions near Golan Heights

Israel strikes Syrian army positions near Golan Heights, vows to ‘decisively protect sovereignty’

Israel strikes Syrian army positions near Golan Heights, vows to ‘decisively protect sovereignty’

11 July, 2018

Several missiles launched by Israeli aircraft have struck Syrian army positions in the Quneitra Governorate near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, in what the IDF called a retaliation for an earlier drone infiltration.

The attack caused “limited damage” at some of the army positions in the vicinity of the towns of Hader and Tell Kurum, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported, providing no further details of the incident.

The IDF soon confirmed targeting sites in Syria, claiming it was their response to a drone infiltration earlier on Wednesday.

The IDF targeted three military posts in Syria in response to the infiltration of the Syrian UAV into Israel that was intercepted by the IDF earlier today,” the IDF said, posting footage of the strikes. “The IDF will continue to operate determinedly and decisively against any attempts to hurt Israeli civilians and breaches of Israeli sovereignty.”

Earlier tonight, Wednesday July 11th, the IDF targeted three military posts in Syria in response to the infiltration of the Syrian UAV into Israel that was intercepted by the IDF earlier today
Noting that the Israeli military is prepared for many different scenarios, the army stressed that it holds the Syrian government “accountable for the actions carried out in its territory and warns it from further action against Israeli forces.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the IDF used a Patriot missile to take down a surveillance drone that allegedly penetrated some 10km deep into the airspace over the occupied Golan. A similar engagement was witnessed on June 24.

Footage of the Patriot missile intercepting the Syrian UAV that infiltrated Israeli territory today
Israel has intensified its bombing of military infrastructure in Syria over the last couple of months, despite the conflict winding down, with terrorists and extremist militants controlling ever-decreasing swathes of land and so-called ‘moderates’ joining the state-wide reconciliation process in growing numbers.

Arguing that the Iranian presence in the Arab Republic and its strong foothold on its borders jeopardizes national security, Israel reserved the right to strike Iran-affiliated targets and weapons shipments destined for Hezbollah.

We won’t take action against the Assad regime, and you get the Iranians out,” Benjamin Netanyahu allegedly told Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Moscow on Wednesday, adding that Israel will continue to protect its border from air and land.

While the IDF does not comment on every engagement on its neighbor’s territory, previously acknowledged targets by Israel in Syria included weapons storage facilities, logistics sites, and intelligence centers.

The government of Bashar Assad views the Israeli hostility as a violation of the nation's sovereignty, arguing that strikes only help the terrorists on the ground. Damascus also repeatedly denied that the Iranian military has any significant presence in Syria, noting that only the Islamic Republic's military advisers are currently present on the ground.

Syrian War Report – July 11, 2018: YPG Carries Out Series Of Attacks Against Turkish-backed Forces

By Robert Inlakesh

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:50 A.M)- The Israeli Regime has tightened its blockade of the Gaza Strip, strangling the civilian population and pushing Hamas towards a new military confrontation.

Yesterday, the Israeli Regime made a decision to tighten its crippling blockade of the Gaza Strip. The decision entailed the closure of Karem Abu Salem, crossing in Gaza from Israel, which will effectively destroy what remains of Gaza’s small economy.

The closure of the Karem Abu Salam crossing will mean than nothing can be imported, nor exported into/out of the Gaza Strip. All that is to be permitted into Gaza, is urgent humanitarian aid (such as food). Even items such as clothing goods, plastics and construction material are to be forbidden entry into Gaza.

The Gaza Strip, which has remained in a declared ‘state of emergency’, as of late February this year (Declared on 21/02/18), is on the brink of complete collapse.

In February of 2017, the Palestinian Authority decided to cut off Gaza’s supply of diesel fuel. Diesel fuel meant for Gaza, that their sole power plant – only semi-operational due to various Israeli aerial bombardments – would increase the amount of power provided for Gaza’s population of 2 million. Mahmoud Abbas (PA President) also made the move early this year, to sanction Gaza, refusing to pay salaries to Palestinian Authority (PA) members living in Gaza.

For Gaza’s population of 2 million, which consists of over 1 million children (aged 18 or younger), the situation is now officially the worst it has ever been.

More than 80% of Gazan’s face blackouts, which last up to and past 22 hours of their day. The un-employment rate in Gaza is 46%, 60+% amongst the youth. Around 100 million liters of un-treated sewerage floods Gaza’s un-swimmable 25 mile long beach, every year. Crime rates are up, suicide rates – especially amongst the youth – are sky-rocketing and more people are pushed below the poverty line every day. Gaza is also one of the most densely populated areas on earth and home to a population of 70+% refugees. Hospitals have become overwhelmed, disease is on the rise and even the sewerage floods the streets, as the lack of electricity disabled pumps.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of the Israeli Regime, claims that the tightening of the illegal 12 year-ongoing blockade is in response to burning balloons and kites flown into Israeli annexed territory. The Israeli Regime hold Hamas accountable for the kites/balloons, which have inflicted millions in damage of Israeli property. The claim that Hamas have launched the kite/balloon initiative, has no evidence to back it up.

Palestinians in Gaza now fear an upcoming confrontation between Hamas and Israel, as the besieged coastal enclave is all but strangled. The tightening of the siege will now mean for Hamas, that they most negotiate or confront Israel militarily. A military confrontation however, seems much more likely, as Israel are not trusted or engaged with by the Hamas leadership and are historically incapable of making a concession.

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