The Daily Repot 16/10/2017
Israeli military strikes anti-aircraft battery in Syria.
The Israeli military said it struck and destroyed an anti-aircraft battery deep in Syria on Monday after it had opened fire on Israeli jets flying over Lebanon — the first such incident of Syrian forces targeting Israeli planes since the civil war began in 2011.
Military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said Israeli planes were on a routine reconnaissance mission near the Lebanese-Syrian border when they came under fire. They were not hit and returned to base safely.
US-backed forces in toughest Raqa fighting yet.
The US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance fighting to wrest the Syrian city of Raqa from the Islamic State group was engaged Monday in its toughest fighting yet, a spokeswoman said.
“The Syrian Democratic Forces are currently waging their toughest battles yet,” said Jihan Sheikh Ahmed, spokeswoman for the operation launched in early June to retake IS’s one-time de facto Syrian capital.
Field commander in U.S.-backed SDF expects Raqqa fight to end Monday.
A field commander for the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Raqqa said the alliance was carrying out clearing operations against Islamic State and expected to control the city by the end of Monday.
Syrian Refugees Return From Lebanon Only To Flee War Yet Again.
In mid-August, Tayseer al-Qusayrawi* along with his wife and infant son, boarded a bus from the outskirts of the Lebanese border town of Arsal that would take them back to Syria – but not to the home they fled in the al-Qusayr area of Homs, and not entirely by choice.
About 10,000 people have returned to Syria from the area surrounding Arsal since June. Most went under deals brokered by the Lebanese militia and political party Hezbollah, with a local Syrian as a go-between, without the direct involvement of the Lebanese government or the United Nations.
Russian MoD: Russia Registers 4 Ceasefire Violations in Syria Over Past 24 Hours.
The ministry added that sporadic fire incidents were mostly registered in the areas controlled by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra Front) and Daesh, both outlawed in Russia.
“The situation in the de-escalation zones is assessed as stable. Over the last 24 hours, the Russian party of the Russia-Turkey Commission on violations of the Joint Agreement has registered four cases of firing in the provinces of Daraa (2) and Damascus (2). The Turkish party has registered one case of ceasefire violation in the province of Homs,” the ministry’s Center for Syrian Reconciliation said in a daily bulletin.
Turkish Troops Deployment in Syria Was Joint Decision by Astana Guarantors.
The deployment of Turkish troops to the northern Syrian Idlib province was a joint decision by the Astana process guarantor states, taken as a follow-up to the peace talks, Ismail Kahraman, a speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, told Sputnik on Sunday.
“Yes, this move was coordinated with other states. That is a move that was taken as a follow-up to the Astana process. This is a joint decision,” Kahraman said answering a question about the coordination of the deployment of troops with other countries.
Syria demands immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops from its territory.
Syria demands Turkey withdraw its troops from the Syrian territory immediately, speaker of the Syrian People’s Council, or parliament, Hammouda Sabbagh said on Sunday.
“The Syrian parliament demands Turkish troops be withdrawn from the Syrian territory without preliminary conditions,” he said at a plenary session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly.
He accused Turkey of “invading the Idlib province and infringing upon Syria’s sovereignty.”
“It runs counter to the agreement reached in Astana,” he stressed. “The Syrian parliament condemns Turkey’s behavior. We consider it as a threat to security of our citizens and violation of international law”.
US shows disrespect for international agreements.
The US administration’s threats to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and plans to impose further anti-Iranian sanctions reveal its disrespect to its liabilities under international agreements, SANA news agency said on Sunday citing the Syrian foreign ministry.
The Syrian foreign ministry stressed that the US administration’s actions run counter to international law as Iran is committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) geared to settle the situation around its nuclear program.
Civic Bodies Establish Children's Rights Center in Eastern Ghouta, Rural Damascus.
Civic bodies in eastern Ghouta announced the establishment of the Observatory for Children’s Rights to monitor violations against children, help treat victims, and seek accountability for these violations.
The Observatory’s director, Sulaiman Ahmed Antar, told Smart News Network on Friday that the center would monitor violations against children in Eastern Ghouta, provide medical treatment and psychological counselling for the victims, and seek accountability for these violations.
Antar added that the center would hold seminars and distribute pamphlets on educational centers and institutions to reduce violations against children. The center will have psychiatrists and doctors who will provide psychological support and treat physical injuries among children.
Lebanon president calls for return of Syrian refugees from Lebanon.
The international community needs to help Syrian refugees in Lebanon return to “calm” parts of Syria, Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Monday, saying Lebanon can no longer cope.
Aoun said he wanted the safe return of refugees and was not asking those who have political problems with the Syrian government to go back, the presidential media office said.
Syrians Caught in Crossfire as Fight Against ISIS Heats Up.
Civilian casualties have surged in the frenzied battles to drive Islamic State from its stronghold in the oil-rich Syrian province of Deir Ezzour, where U.S.-led forces and the Russian-backed regime are conducting separate campaigns against the extremists, according to activists and human-rights groups.