Missile attack on Damascus
The Syrian High Command’s Communiqué stated that the Syrian air defenses have repelled an Israeli missile attack on the southern parts of Damascus — the ‘SANA’ news agency reported. On Monday evening there were several missile attacks on the targets on the southern parts of Damascus. The Syrian air defenses «repelled the missile attack — they hit most of the incoming missiles before they reached their ground targets» — the message explained. It was noted that the attack was launched by Israel from the occupied Golan Heights, from the Majdal Shams region. As a result of the attack, 7 Syrian soldiers were injured. Some material damage was inflicted as well. The Saudi TV channel ‘Al-Hadath’ reported that Israel attacked the positions of the pro-Iranian forces, currently fighting on the side of the Syrian army. The IDF press office declined to comment on the reports about the missile strike in the Damascus area.
The ‘Al Hadath’ TV reported that Israel attacked the positions of the pro-Iranian forces stationed at the south of Damascus. It was reported that the attack involved the Israeli Air Force helicopters, which attacked the command post of the Shiia Hezbollah units that currently fight on the side Syrian side. As a result of the attack, at least 5 fighters of the pro-Iranian forces were killed and 4 more were injured. The helicopters joined the operation after the missile attacks on the outskirts of Al-Kiswa and Sakhnaya, where the camps of the pro-Iranian forces and their weaponry depots are concentrated. »The attack was carried out in order to prevent an impending armed sortie by the Hezbollah forces from the Syrian territory» — the ‘Al Hadath’ TV specified.
The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that over the past day, the Russian representatives in the commission on the violations of the ceasefire in Syria recorded 6 such violations in the provinces of Idlib and Latakia. The Turkish representatives recorded 1 such violation. Earlier, the head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria, Rear-Admiral Alexander Shcherbitsky, announced during a briefing that on Monday the terrorist group ‘Jabhat al-Nusra’ carried out several attacks on the settlements in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Aleppo. He underlined that the Russian military police continues to escort the civilian vehicles on the section of the M-4 highway, between the settlements of Ain Isa and Tell Tamr. The escort has been organized since 25th of May by the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the Warring Parties, in a cooperation with the local administrations in the Syrian provinces of Raqqa and Hasakah.
4 Azerbaijan — Armenia
The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan announced the destruction of two Armenian UAVs that tried to carry out a scout flight over the positions of the Azerbaijani army in the Aghdam region, and over the positions in the Tovuz region, on the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border. «Both UAVs were immediately detected and destroyed by the air defense units of the Azerbaijan Air Force» — the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry stated. The press secretary of the Armenian Defense Ministry, Shushan Stepanyan, denied this information — she called it «a lie and a disinformation».
The White House Deputy Press Secretary, Judd Deere, announced that the presidents of the USA and Egypt, Donald Trump and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, had a telephone conversation about the de-escalation of the Libyan conflict. «The two leaders confirmed the need for an immediate de-escalation in Libya via a ceasefire, and the progress in economic and political negotiations» — the statement said. Earlier the ‘TASS’ news agency reported while citing their source in the Egyptian parliament that on Monday the Egyptian parliament gave the President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi a mandate to send troops to Libya in order to protect the national security. According to the source — «the parliamentary session was held within the framework of the constitutional procedures, needed to authorize the president to take the necessary steps to protect the Egyptian national security» — end of quote.