Syrian opposition reports downing of government helicopter in Ghouta

A picture taken on Mar. 2, 2018 shows a Syrian youth looking through a balcony from a severely damaged building at another building that was hit by shelling in eastern Ghouta. (AFP)
Updated 02 March 2018

Syrian opposition reports downing of government helicopter in Ghouta

Syrian opposition factions have reported the downing of a government helicopter in eastern Ghouta Friday.
The bombardment of the region outside the Syrian capital Damascus continues despite the 5 hour daily Russian truce that came into effect Tuesday. 25 Syrians have been reported killed during today's shelling on eastern Ghouta. 
Speaking earlier about the crisis in Syria, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that "Syria must be referred to the International Criminal Court. Attempts to thwart justice, and shield these criminals, are disgraceful." Zeid made the comments at a Geneva rights forum which held an urgent debate on eastern Ghouta at Britain's request.
 


Israel starts to install sensors along Lebanon border

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Israel starts to install sensors along Lebanon border

  • Work would get underway Sunday at the Israeli kibbutz town of Misgav Am to deploy the new noise-detecting technology
  • The move comes a year after Israel concluded a weeks-long operation to destroy tunnels it accused Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah of building

JERUSALEM: Israel’s army said it would start drilling to install ground sensors along its border with Lebanon on Sunday, a year after an operation to destroy tunnels dug across the frontier.
“We are deploying a defensive system into the ground.. in various locations” along the border, spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told journalists.
Work would get underway Sunday at the Israeli kibbutz town of Misgav Am, he said, to deploy the new noise-detecting technology.
The move comes a year after Israel concluded a weeks-long operation to destroy tunnels it accused Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah of building.
At least six tunnels were discovered in the operation dubbed “Northern Shield” along the border where a United Nations peacekeeping force is deployed.
Conricus said the drilling is “not related to any new intelligence” and all military activity would take place on the Israeli side of the border.
Work at Misgav Am is expected to last a number of weeks before the sensors are installed along other sections of the border.
“We understand that our activity might be seen, and most probably will be heard, on the Lebanese side,” said Conricus.
Israel has notified the UNIFIL peacekeeping force which patrols the “blue line” drawn by the UN to mark Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000.
Lebanon and Israel are still technically at war.
A month-long conflict in 2006 between Israel and Hezbollah killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and more than 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.