6 April 2020


Russia slams Israel for 'gross violation' in Syria strikes

KONFRONTASI-Russia has accused Israel of violating Syria's sovereignty and threatening two civilian flights after Israeli warplanes launched air raids in Damascus on Tuesday.

"We are very concerned by the attacks and how they were made. This is a gross violation of the sovereignty of Syria," the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Wednesday.

UN aid trucks reach remote refugee camp in Syria

KONFRONTASI-A United Nations aid convoy has reached Rukban refugee camp in Syria, next to the border with Jordan, where thousands of people are stranded, a member of the camp's local council has said.

"The first convoys have entered the camp," said Abu Abdullah, a member of the civilian council that runs the camp and coordinates with the UN on humanitarian aid, on Saturday.

UN humanitarian coordinator in Syria, Ali Al-Za'tari, said in a statement the situation in the camp is critical. It is the first time since January that the displaced Syrians have received aid.

"We are delivering food, sanitation and hygiene supplies, nutrition and health assistance in addition to other core relief items in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent," Al-Za'tari said.

"We are also conducting an emergency vaccination campaign to protect some 10,000 children against measles, polio and other deadly diseases."

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He added that although Saturday's arrival of help was a good first step, a long-term solution is needed for the refugees in Rukban.

"We must do everything we can to continue helping civilians living in the harshest conditions in there," he said.

Rukban, located close to the Tanf US military base in the desert near where the borders of Syria, Jordan and Iraq converge, is home to more than 50,000 people.

Last month, the camp was besieged on the Syrian side of the border by its army, preventing smugglers and traders from delivering food.

A US-backed rebel group controls the area, but it abuts Jordan's border and is encircled by the Syrian army.

According to Madeline Edwards, associate editor with the news website Syria Direct, conditions in the camp have become worse over the last month.

"Conditions have gotten worse after a major smuggling route that used to bring in basic medical supplies and food into the camp was cut off," Edwards told Al Jazeera.

"We're seeing a huge shortage of food, medicine and basic items like baby formula." she said, adding that prices had increased signigicantly for items still available in the camp.

Russia to send S-300 missile defence systems to Syria

KONFRONTASI-Moscow will bolster Syria's air defence following the downing of a Russian plane last week by sending a modern S-300 system to the Syrian army within two weeks, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

In a televised statement on Monday, Shoigu said the decision to "transfer the modern S-300 air defence system to the Syrian armed forces within two weeks" was taken by President Vladimir Putin and is one of the "response measures".

Warplanes hit Idlib targets as fears of battle mount

KONFRONTASI-Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's army is getting ready to solve problem of "terrorism" in the rebel stronghold of Idlib, Russia has said, hours after activists reported air strikes hitting the region for the first time in three weeks.

Calling Idlib a "pocket of terrorism", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday the presence of rebel groups there undermines the possibility of a political settlement to Syria's seven-year war.

Pentagon Killed Indonesian Islamic State Leader Bahrun Naim in Syria

The U.S. military killed Indonesian Islamic State leader Bahrun Naim in Syria in June, a Pentagon spokesman told BenarNews on Friday.

The tech-savvy militant was a financier of terror networks in Indonesia and a master recruiter who convinced at least 100 of his countrymen to join the so-called caliphate and groomed women to become suicide bombers, according to Indonesian and U.S. officials and experts.

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China’s military role in Syria, step forward in fighting terror

By Jafar Razi Khan

China has recently indicated its willingness to deploy military forces to war-torn Syria in a bid to help the country’s army in its fight against foreign-backed terrorists who have been wreaking havoc in the country since 2011.

Many analysts believe that the move could be a substantial step forward in overall Chinese involvement in the Middle East and even on a global level.

Inside Douma: A desperate portrait of life in Syria

KONFRONTASI -  Protests come in difference shapes and sizes; the intensity of the action often being directly related to the scale of the torment suffered.

Syrian rebels surrender last rebel-held area near Homs

KONFRONTASI-Syrian rebels have agreed to surrender an enclave north of the country's third largest city after relenting to intense government bombardment and a debilitating siege.

After withstanding seven years of bombing, rebels agreed evacuate the towns of Houla, Rastan, and Talbiseh in the countryside north of Homs, and allow government forces to re-establish state institutions.

Al-Ikhbariya TV said on Thursday the rebels agreed to the Russian-sponsored deal that will allow their exile to northern Syria.

Russian army hints at providing advanced air defences to Assad

KONFRONTASI-The Russian army has hinted that it would supply the Syrian government with a sophisticated air defence system.

Colonel General Sergei Rudskoi said on Wednesday that Moscow would supply Damascus with "new missile defence systems soon".

The statement did not specify what kind of system would be given to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a major ally of Russia.