Since May 5, Israel has closed for civilian flights aviation airspace over the north of Israel. In addition, two Iron Dome batteries were deployed - to protect settlements in the north of the country.
As passed correspondent ITAR-TASS Nikolay Kerzhentsev, the airspace over the north of Israel, according to a report from the press service of the IDF, will be closed for several days. Local observers associate the ban on flights precisely with the exacerbation of the situation caused by reports of Israeli air strikes against Syrian targets.
Earlier, the Israeli military deployed two batteries of the Iron Dome missile defense system in the area of Haifa and Safed, cities that Hezbollah bombarded during the second Lebanese war in 2006.
Now the Haifa authorities are raising the level of preparedness in the field of civil defense. In cooperation with the Office for the Protection of the Rear, focal points and bomb shelters are opened in the city.
In Syria, too, do not sit with folded arms. After the shelling, the army aimed its missiles at Israel. Reports about it "Lenta.ru"referring to the Jerusalem Post. The source of the newspaper was the interview of a high-ranking representative of the “regime of Assad” to one of the Lebanese television channels. Earlier, Syrian Omran Information Minister Zoabi warned that a missile strike "opened the door to any possibilities."
Israeli actions received condemnation from Iran and Lebanon.
In Tehran, the aggression saw the American track. According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, the attack leads to the undermining of the security and stability of the Middle East region, SANA. The Iranian Foreign Ministry called for strengthening the unity and solidarity of the countries of the region in confronting Israeli threats, and Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi condemned the Israeli aggression, confirming that for such a move, Israel received the "green light" from the United States. He stressed that this attack confirms the connection of terrorist groups in Syria and their Zionist patrons.
Lebanese politicians, parties and organizations also expressed solidarity with the SAR. Lebanese President Michel Suleiman demanded that the world community, in particular, the UN Security Council, take strict measures against the aggressor in order to force it to stop such steps that violate the sovereignty of other countries, and implement international decisions regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict.
In protest against the Israeli aggression and on the occasion of the Day of the fallen in the SAR, the Syrian community and the branch of the Union of Syrian students in cooperation with Russian youth, political and student organizations held a rally on May 5 in Moscow, reports SANA.
The participants condemned the Israeli attack on Syria’s facilities and confirmed that this step demonstrates Israel’s complicity in the conspiracy against the SAR and its links with terrorist groups supported by Western countries and the Gulf monarchies.
In an interview with a SANA correspondent in Moscow, a rally participant, Russian citizen Mikhail Ivanov, said that the Syrian people stand alone against the forces of evil in the world, that Syria protects all countries of the world from this merciless plague. He expressed confidence that ATS would win, and her victory would be a victory for all freedom-loving nations.
A few days earlier, a curious article appeared on allvoices.com that quoted the words of a Jordanian journalist and political analyst Nader Macableh, who has good relations with Russian officials. He said that at a private meeting, Vladimir Putin said:
"I will not surrender Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, even if the fighting reaches the streets of Moscow."
As the Mixednews.ru, comrade Makableh confirmed that Putin rejected the proposal of the US President about an urgent meeting. Thus, the Russian president wants to make it clear to his American counterpart that he is in no hurry to discuss the situation in Syria.
Makablekh added that Bashar Asad had prepared a plan to defeat the armed opposition in Homs and that he would never allow the Libyan scenario of creating a so-called “buffer zone”.
As for the press reports about the Israeli air attack, there are so many rumors that it is quite difficult to distinguish truth from idle fiction.
For example, the Israeli resource Zman.com indicates that the Russian service Russia Today informed viewers about the use by the IDF during the attacks of ... nuclear weapons with depleted uranium. Only such weapons, according to the interlocutor of the Russian journalist, could lead to a 4-point earthquake. Earlier, May 5, the Arab service News Russia Today TV channel, Zman.com reports, reported the deaths of at least three hundred Syrian soldiers and officers as a result of the Israeli bombing.
5 May "Rush Tuday" He reported that his correspondent was able to talk to an eyewitness to a raid on a science center in Damascus:
“I have just returned from the area that was hit. Several civilian enterprises or buildings were destroyed there. In general, the purpose of the attack was an ammunition depot. Ordinary ammunition. This bombing is an open ultimatum to us. ”
Witnesses of the attack, according to the report "RT", suggest that Israel used bombs with depleted uranium in Syria:
“The explosion was a tremendous force. It seemed like an earthquake was happening. Then a giant yellow fireball in the shape of a mushroom appeared. This suggests that Israel used depleted uranium bombs. I think that this attack is also connected with the forthcoming visit of John Kerry to Moscow in order to have an additional trump card against the Russians. ”
The same report cited the words of Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mikdad, who, in an interview with the American television channel CNN, stated that the attacks by the Israeli Air Force could be considered a “declaration of war”.
Member of the Syrian People’s Council Sharif Shhada expressed his opinion on the Israeli attacks channel "RT". He believes that Israel is attacking Syria because of the successes of the army of Damascus to contain armed terrorist groups that are cooperating with Israel against the Syrian people: “With these adventures, Israel wants to put Syria in a frame that is beneficial to it. And thus facilitate the task of the armed forces, distracting the Syrian army by external aggression. " "Israel is deeply stuck in the Syrian crisis and conspiracies against Syria," said Shkhada.
He also believes that Israel intends to draw Syria into a war on two fronts: internal and external: “Israel wants chaos to arise inside Syria. Therefore, we must hold back to restore order inside the country, and then go to fight with Israel. There is still time. The Israeli-Arab confrontation will last for a long time. It will not end in a year or two. ”
Amir Oren, a senior correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Ha-Arets, believes that the possible human casualties of an Israeli air strike on Syria are a necessary price that must be paid to avoid a “new Lebanon war”. He argues that with such actions, Israel seeks to prevent the supply of weapons to Hezbollah and thereby protect its citizens from possible aggression, reports "RT".
The journalist says:
“This is part of Israel’s policy, which can be described as follows:“ Strike a blow, but do not report it. Do not allow the Syrian regime to transfer Hezbollah’s ground-to-ground and ground-to-air missiles. But don't brag about it. ”
Israel is simply trying to prevent a possible war, the journalist said. The answer in the form of recent attacks, he finds "proportional."
The “RT” presenter said that, according to unconfirmed reports, at least 400 people died as a result of a missile strike by Israel. Is this an adequate reaction to the information denied by Syria about the supply of Hezbollah missiles to it?
Amir Oren responded that “Israel is simply trying to prevent a new Lebanese war ... Perhaps this is the price that must be paid to avoid new victims and the chaos of the next Lebanese war.”
The White House does not comment on reports of alleged Israeli air strikes on Syrian territory, but considers Israel’s concern about the appearance of new types of weapons at Hezbollah justified, said correspondent RIA "News" Peter Martynychev.
“I have no comments on these reports ... But the president (US Barack Obama) had previously noted that Israel is quite reasonably concerned about the threat posed to getting to the Hezbollah group of modern weapons. And the president has repeatedly said that Israel, as an independent state, has the right to take the necessary actions to protect its citizens, ”White House spokesman Josh Ernest told reporters.
This, we note, is not surprising and quite logical. Tel Aviv does not comment on the attacks, nor does Washington comment on them.
5 on May, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad on the Lebanese television channel Al-Manar, controlled by Hezbollah, said: "Syria will not allow this to happen again, we have the right to protect our people and our interests by all possible means." According to him, Israel’s attack on Syria was caused by the defeats suffered by Al-Qaeda groups in Syria: “The defeats that Al Qaeda bears in battles with government forces in Syria demanded the direct intervention of patrons of terrorist factions - Israel. "
According to Comrade Mikdad, an Israeli air force strike on Syrian territory was made with the knowledge and with the encouragement of the United States.
Unlike the Americans, who quietly make their policies, the Turkish Prime Minister did not say anything. He called the “butcher” and “killer” ... no, not Netanyahu, but Assad, and at the same time he explained to the broad masses that the Syrian president was waiting for the wrath of God, the channel reports "RT".
R. T. Erdogan’s eloquent statement followed just after the spread of information about the Israeli strike on the Damascus suburb. Opinion about what happened Prime Minister expressed at a meeting with party members in Ankara. Erdogan's words are quoted by the newspaper Daily Star Lebanon:
"If God allows us, we will see how this butcher, this murderer will be condemned ... You will pay a high, very high price for courage, which you can show only in front of small children and no one else."
Mr. Erdogan noted that the Turkish people are not inclined to hide their opinions for the sake of political correctness and always speak the truth.
You can not ignore the UN. There, as always, they do not know anything, and old songs are sung about “restraint” and “concern”.
As the MIGnews.com, The UN does not yet have information about the air strikes on Syria by Israel, but it calls for restraint by the parties concerned. This is stated in the message of Martin Nesirka, the official representative of the world organization.
According to him, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon "expresses deep concern about reports of air strikes in Syria by the Israeli Air Force." Ban Ki-moon urges all parties to maximum calm and restraint. He also appeals to the sense of responsibility of the parties to the conflict.
Same MIGnews.com With reference to Reuters, he posted an article about what weapons Israel used in attacks against Syria and against which rocket attacks were directed.
Air Force planes took to the targets from Lebanon, that is, crossed the airspace of this country, and used missiles launched outside the zone of defeat of air defense. These missiles allow you to hit a target with high accuracy at launch from a distance of tens of kilometers.
Analysts point out that there are several modifications of such missiles in the arsenal of the IDF air force, for example, Popeye and Spice-2000 (manufactured by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems).
The Spice system launches in the “released and forgotten” mode. When launching a rocket does not require any additional guidance. It can hit targets at a distance of 60 km. An autonomous “Spice” rocket can be programmed to a target using a photo, then it only corrects movement itself.
Such a missile has the advantage of a low radar signature. If Popeye is equipped with a rocket engine, and the combustion of fuel makes it visible to radar, then Spice slides to the target with the help of wings.
"Popeye" can hit ground targets, including rocket launchers, bypassing the fire of anti-aircraft systems. The head part of it is equipped with a television camera, which allows the operator to accurately output it to the target after launching from an airplane. The rocket carries a warhead weighing 350 kg, she herself weighs 1320 kg.
According to MIGnews.com, on Friday at the Damascus International Airport the Israeli Air Force struck during the shipment of Iran-made Fateh 110 missiles destined for Hezbollah. Later, the blow was struck on the Syrian military research center, which was located in the north of Damascus.
Fateh missiles are able to adjust their course with the help of small wings in the bow. Working on solid fuels, they can be launched covertly, remaining invisible before hitting the target. Therefore, Fateh is not easy to hit from the air. These missiles are valued by Hezbollah for such wonderful tactical and technical characteristics.
Thus, Israel and the United States are silent, the UN has expressed "concern", Syria, Iran and Lebanon condemned the aggression, Turkey in the person of Erdogan called Assad a "butcher", and some Israeli journalists (for example, Starkor of the Israeli newspaper "Ha-Arets" Amir Oren) stated that the attack was aimed at preventing another Lebanese war - and, whatever the victims (300 or 400 dead), the missile response of the Israeli Air Force seems to them the price “to pay”. The relevant Israeli policy, Mr. Oren, describes very succinctly: “Strike a blow, but do not report it.”
Observed and commented on Oleg Chuvakin
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