АTerror attacks in Syria
The ‘SANA’ news agency reported that a bomb in a fuel truck exploded in the central market of the city of Afrin. There are dead and wounded locals, as well as some militants from the pro-Turkish groups. The explosion caused significant material damage. The Turkish military transported their dead and wounded back to Turkish territory — the SANA specified. The Turkish Ministry of National Defense reported that as a result of the explosion in the Syrian city of Afrin, 35 civilians were killed and more than 30 were injured. The source of the explosion was reported to be a fuel truck filled with explosives. The Turkish Ministry of Defense blamed the “Kurdistan Workers Party” and the Kurdish fighters from the »People’s Self-Defense Forces». The USA blamed no-one for the explosion. The US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, twitted that the US are calling for a ceasefire in Syria. «Such atrocities are unacceptable, no matter which side of the conflict did them» — the report stated. Morgan Ortegus, the spokeswoman for the US Foreign Office, also condemned the explosion. Morgan Ortegus refrained from any conclusions, and she called everyone to follow the call from the UN Secretary General’s special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, to carry out the ceasefire.
On Friday, several explosions took place near the Syrian city of Homs. The governor of Homs, Talal al-Barrazi, told to the »SANA» that some terrorists attacked the military positions and the local ammo depot, located to the east of the city. “As a result, 10 civilians were injured. Only material damage was inflicted” — the governor specified. According to him — there were thick clouds of smoke above the military facility. It is currently unknown if it was a mortar shelling, or if it was a drone attack.
The Syrian state-run news agency ‘SANA’ reported that on Friday the Israeli Air Force helicopters attacked ground targets located 40 km to the south-west from Damascus. The missile strikes were carried out from the occupied Golan Heights against a number of Syrian army positions in the province of Al-Quneitra. There is no information about the victims — only material damage was inflicted. The ‘Sham FM’ radio station reported that 5 missiles were fired at the Syrian territory. The IDF press service refused to comment on the Israeli missile attacks in Al Quneitra province — the TASS reports.
The official spokesman for the Iraqi commander in chief, General Abdel Karim Khalaf, announced that the USA and Iraq will discuss a schedule for the complete withdrawal of the US troops from Iraq in June — the Iraqi news website ‘Bagdad Al Yaum’ quoted the general. The decision to conduct such negotiations was made «based on the decision of the country’s parliament on the need for a complete removal of the foreign troops from Iraq». The general underlined that even after the withdrawal of the US troops — «The cooperation between Iraq and the USA in the security matters will continue».
The Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated during a meeting of the board of the department that the Russian military specialists of radiation, chemical and biological warfare are helping to fight the coronavirus in 111 cities in Italy and Serbia. «In total, the Russian teams that operate in Serbia carried out their activities in 28 cities. In Italy, in the province of Lombardy, they did so in 83 settlements» — said Sergei Shoigu. The military doctors and specialists of radiation, chemical and biological warfare have completed their work in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The spokesman for the Libyan National Army, Major-General Ahmed al-Mismari, announced that «in response to the call of the friendly countries — the high command of the Libyan National Army, commanded by the Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, ceases the hostilities in the country, but reserves the right to respond to attacks» — the ‘Al Hadath’ TV quoted Ahmed Al-Mismari. He added that the Libyan National Army will soon reveal a transitional roadmap for the country. «Within a few days, a roadmap for the transition period will be announced. The transition will be headed by the Field Marshal Haftar. The roadmap provides an adoption of a new constitutional declaration» — al-Mismari explained. Earlier, the Libyan National Army announced that it takes the control over the state. That decision was met negatively by most states. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.