Israel attacks Hamas in the Gaza Strip
1 Israel — the Gaza Strip
The press service of the IDF reported that Israeli fighter jets attacked a weapons workshop of the radical Palestinian movement ’Hamas’ in the Gaza Strip, on Friday night. The attacks were launched in a response to the launch of incendiary and explosive balloons to Israel with the aim of arson. Earlier, the Israeli state radio station ’Kan’ reported that on Thursday, as a result of the launch of balloons from the Gaza Strip, at least 4 wildfires took place in Israel. The Palestinian mass media reported that the Israeli attacks targeted the positions of groups, associated with the ’Hamas’, which controls the coastal enclave. It was noted that the air strikes were carried out on the central part of the sector by two missiles.
The US Defense Department reported that the US and NATO forces have left the air base in the Afghan city of Bagram. It wasn’t specified when the pulling of troops took place. It was also not announced when the base will be returned to the Afghan Forces.
The chairman of the Supreme Council for the National Reconciliation of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, told to the CNN that the negotiations between Afghan officials and the Taliban are going very slowly. He noted that only «very little progress» had been made during the consultations, but the dialogue should be continued, unless it’s interrupted by the Taliban. He noted that the Taliban are intensifying their offensive operations in the country. He added that the Taliban didn’t fulfill their promise to cut their ties with the ’al-Qaeda’, and this poses a danger not only for Afghanistan, but also for the entire region.
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that the ISIS is actively capturing territories in Afghanistan during the pulling of the NATO troops, and due to an irresponsible approach of a number of officials in Kabul. He added that Russia is holding consultations with the member-states of the ’Collective Security Treaty Organization’ in order to ensure the security of Central Asia due to the intensification of the activity of the ISIS. He added that Russia, China, Pakistan and the USA are trying to «explain to the political circles about the need to stop the stalling of the negotiation process, and reaching the agreements on the formation of a transitional government».
5 Russia — Bahrain
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated during a press conference after the talks with the Bahrain Foreign Minister, Abdel Latif bin Rashed al-Zayani, that Russia welcomes the Bahraini decision to return its embassy to Damascus. He added that Moscow is ready for a cooperation in the area via the diplomatic missions. He added that Russia is working on an updated version of the collective security in the Persian Gulf zone, and Russia will present the concept to the interested parties in the near future.
The DRP office at the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire reported that the Ukrainian troops fired form mortars and heavy artillery pieces at the DPR territory. It was noted that over the past day, the Ukrainian troops shelled the territory of the DPR 7 times by firing 139 shells in total. As a result of the shelling, 1 DPR serviceman died, 1 was injured. The LPR representative office in the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire announced that over the past day, the Ukrainian troops violated the ceasefire 5 times. An LPR serviceman was killed during a shelling. Constantine Reztsov, specially for the ANNA NEWS