Turkish army post ‘attacked’ from Syrian regime area

The attack was launched from what was named the Tall Bazan area and it was assessed to be deliberate. (File/AFP)
Updated 17 June 2019
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Turkish army post ‘attacked’ from Syrian regime area

  • The ministry said its forces immediately retaliated with heavy weapons and it made representations to Moscow over the incident
  • It did not specify when the shelling occurred

ISTANBUL: One of Turkey’s observation posts was hit by shelling from an area controlled by Syrian regime forces in northwestern Syria, the Turkish Defense Ministry said on Sunday.
There were no casualties but the ministry said equipment was damaged in the assault while Turkish forces “immediately retaliated with heavy weapons.”
Shelling and mortar fire “understood to be deliberate” was fired from the Tall Bazan region held by Syrian regime forces hit the post in the Murak region, the ministry said in a statement.
The assault comes less than four days after three Turkish soldiers were hit in another attack Turkey said was “deliberate” on another observation post on Thursday.
Two Turkish soldiers were hurt in May in a similar attack blamed on Damascus.
Turkey has 12 military observation posts in Idlib, northwestern Syria, the last bastion of opposition forces, in a bid to prevent a large-scale offensive in the region.
Ankara fears such an assault would push hundreds of thousands of refugees into Turkey.
Damascus and Moscow have upped their bombardment in the region since late April, killing over 360 civilians, according to UK-based monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Turkish officials made representations to Russia about the latest attack, the ministry said. Moscow provides support to the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad.
Despite being on opposing sides in the war, Moscow and Ankara, which backs opposition fighters, have worked closely to seek a political solution and in September agreed a buffer zone deal.
The deal was meant to protect Idlib from a major regime assault but was never fully implemented, as fighters refused to withdraw from the planned demilitarized zone.
Russia announced a cease-fire in the province on Wednesday but Turkey said a complete cease-fire had not yet been secured.


Houthi radio station posts video with ‘death to America, death to Israel’ chant in Hezbollah fundraiser

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Houthi radio station posts video with ‘death to America, death to Israel’ chant in Hezbollah fundraiser

  • The radio station claims that the campaign raised $295,000
  • The fundraising came after Hezbollah called on its supporters in March to donate money

DUBAI: A Houthi affiliated radio station released a video showing four men standing in front of wads of cash claimed to be for Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

In the video, which has been circulated on social media this week, the director-general of Houthi-affiliated radio station Sam FM, Hamoud Mohammad Sharaf, is seen leading a chant, praising a fundraising campaign for the Iran-backed Lebanese militia group, Hezbollah.

“From Yemen’s faith to Lebanon’s Resistance! God is great! Death to America! Death to Israel! Curses upon the Jews! Victory for Islam,” the men chant.

The Houthi Sam FM radio station held a fundraising campaign for Hezbollah called “Goodness of Yemen” between May 20 and June 30, 2019, during Ramadan.

The radio station claims that the campaign raised $295,000 (74,010,000 Yemeni rial).

The fundraising came after Hezbollah called on its supporters in March to donate money as it came under increasing pressure from sanctions intended to isolate it financially.

The United States, United Kingdom, member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Argentina deem Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

Yemeni political analyst, Fatima Alasrar, wrote in May that the Houthis’ fundraising for Hezbollah is not surprising, as the militia’s ties to the group are “undeniable.”

Military support for the Houthis from Iran and Hezbollah “comes in different ways” and is “well documented,” Alasrar says, referencing a 2015 Financial Times article where two senior Hezbollah sources said that “hundreds of Lebanese and Iranian trainers and military advisers are in Yemen already.”

Meanwhile, a 2014 article by Reuters quoted a senior Iranian official saying that “the Quds Force, the external arm of the Revolutionary Guard, had a “few hundred” military personnel in Yemen who trained Houthi fighters.”