Contents tagged with airstrikes

  • Israeli Minister of Defense says he 'found out from the newspaper' about airstrike in Syria

    The Minister of Defense of Israel Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday that he “found out from the newspaper” about the missile strike which, as reported by Syrian state agency SANA, was carried out by the Israeli Air Force on the T-4 airbase on Sunday, 70 kilometers from Palmyra in the eastern part of Homs province.

    “I have no idea, I read about it [the missile attack] only today in the newspapers,” said Lieberman, whose statements were quoted by Kan, the state television and radio company of …

  • UN reports 230 civilians were killed over the past week in air strikes by Assad's and Russian air forces in Syria

    Over the past week, 277 civilians were killed in Syria, 230 of whom perished in air strikes by the government forces of Bashar al-Assad and their allies, including Russia. This data was presented in Geneva by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Saturday, February 10, Deutsche Welle reports.

    According to the UN, another 812 Syrian civilians were injured. "The past week has been one of the bloodiest periods of the entire conflict," Al Hussein said. Most of the air …

  • Israel calls air strikes on Syria its biggest air defense operation since 1982

    The attacks on targets in Syria carried out by the Israeli military on Saturday, February 10, are the largest operation conducted by the Israeli Air Force against Syria's air defense since 1982. The newspaper Haaretz reported on this, citing General Tomer Bar, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Air Force.

    The Israeli military claims to have struck 12 targets in Syria, including four Syrian air defense targets and four Iranian facilities, after the crash of one of its F-16 aircraft.

    "This is a …

  • Media: Israel attacked Syrian military base in Damascus

    On Wednesday morning, Syrian authorities reported on a series of bombings at the military base of Syrian Air Forces in Mezzeh in the western part of Damascus, Interfax reports, referencing the Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. The newspaper noted conflicting information regarding the reason behind the bombings.

    The Arabic news source Al-Masdar, having ties with Syrian authorities, states that the bombings were preceded by a fire that broke out in the munitions depot.

    However, some …

  • US State Department believes reports that Russia bombed hospital in Syria are accurate

    A spokesperson for the United States Department of State, John Kirby, stated that the U.S. Department of State sees no reason to doubt the validity of reports stating that airstrikes were carried out on five hospitals and at least one mobile hospital in Syria.

    “We saw reports from humanitarian organizations that airstrikes were carried out on five hospitals and at least one mobile hospital. We believe this data to be credible,” Kirby said at the briefing, adding that the United States received …

  • Russia starts full scale air operation in Idlib and Homs

    The Russia military has begun a full scale air operation in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Homs, as stated by the Russian Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoygu.

    “Today at 10:30-11:00 am we started a large air campaign with the purpose of  launching strikes on the positions of the ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra in the provinces of Idlib and Homs,” the Minister stated at a meeting with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

    He added that for the first time in the history of the Russian military, the …

  • The Kremlin declined to comment on bombing of UN aid convoy in Syria

    Russian or Syrian aircraft bombed aid trucks near the rebel-held town of Urm al-Kubra west of Aleppo on Monday, killing twelve people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Reuters reported.

    The United Nations had announced earlier on Monday that aid including food and health supplies for 78,000 people was to be delivered to Urm al-Kubra.

    The UN and the Red Cross confirmed that the aid convoy had been hit.

    "We are deeply shocked that humanitarian workers and missions have yet …

  • Moscow confirms Russian strike on US garrison in Syria

    The Russians cited the cause of the incident as the "refusal of the U.S. to provide information about their actions."

    Russia admitted bombing the base used by American and British elite troops in Syria last month as reported by Interfax, citing a military-diplomatic source in Moscow. 

    "The Russians have already given an explanation for this incident. This was the topic of a video conference between the U.S. and Russia. There is no reason to repeat the discussion," the source from the agency …

  • Lavrov: The US again demanded the resignation of Bashar al-Assad

    The US demands Assad’s resignation before unification in the fight against terrorism; Russia would hold free elections after unification.

    As Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reported, providing new details about the talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, the US is again demanding the resignation of President of Syria Bashar al-Assad, Interfax reports.

    “John Kerry recently came. They [the USA] say that we can unite in the struggle against terrorism, but first we have to agree that …

  • Moscow denies reports that the Russian military attacked opposition forces in southern Syria

    Russian military officials rejected the Pentagon’s accusations that Russia had bombed U.S.-backed opposition forces in the south of Syria.

    During a video conference with Russian military officials on June 18th, the Pentagon expressed "grave concern with the attacks on the Al-Tanf garrison that was supported by the international coalition forces."

    The representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Igor Konashenkov, refuted the accusations. In his statement on June 19th, Konashenkov said …