Home » Posts tagged 'Syrian Observatory for Human Rights'
Tag Archives: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
The last time major explosions were reported near Damascus, it was in May when Israel and its air force did everything in their power to provoke the Assad regime to escalate military operations both domestically and abroad. It almost succeeded when three months later Obama nearly led a falseflag-driven “liberation” force facilitating Saudi and Qatari energy interests in the region and their pipeline ambitions below Syria. Since then Israel had been largely dormant, seething in its (and Saudi) disappointment that it was unable to play Obama like a fiddle.
The unstable detente changed again overnight, when as Haaretz reports “a large explosion was heard at a Syrian army missile base in Latakia. Eye witnesses told the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human rights that the explosion took place near Snobar Jableh, south of the city. It was not yet clear whether anyone was wounded in the strike.” And not surprisingly, it is once again Israel’ that was implicated in the latest regional provocation because as Haaretz adds, the “strike follows Lebanese media reports that Israeli aircraft circled above southern Lebanon.”
“The official Lebanese news agency reported that Israeli aircrafts were sighted on multiple occasions Wednesday in the south of the country. According to the report, which was based on a press statement by the Lebanese army, the airplanes entered Lebanese airspace at around 1:40 P.M. and circled over various places before leaving over the Mediterranean Sea near Tripoli and Naqoura at 5 P.M.”
A Facebook page run by Syrian rebels claimed that the strike occurred at around 7 P.M. According to the page, a missile was fired from the sea and struck the Syrian base but did not result in any casualties. Israeli sources declined to comment on the reports.
Last week, Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida reported that Israeli fighter planes had bombed a shipment of missiles in the border area between Lebanon and Syria. The report, which according to the paper was based on sources in Jerusalem, has no confirmation from any other source.
The source told the newspaper that the missiles that were destroyed were of an advanced model and were designated for Hezbollah, as part of the strengthening of the organization’s missile system. It is not clear whether the attack was carried out on Lebanese territory or on Syrian territory.
Israel refused to comment officially on the publication in the Kuwaiti newspaper, whose reliability is questionable.
While hardly surprising if Israel is confirmed as the offending party, a far bigger question is what are next steps: because unlike before, Putin has now very officially made Syria his protectorate, even as the US protective influence over both Syria and the region in general was waned substantially in the past few months. But perhaps more surprising is the desperation with which Israel is once again trying to destabilize the region. One thing that is clear: while such provocative actions may have yielded results as recently as half a year ago, Israel will need to put far more energy into comparable actions in the future, whether they target Syria or Iran, as the public opinion’s threshold for unwarranted Israel offensive action has dropped substantially since the bundled US foreign policy escapade in Syria which was an unmitigated disaster for the US-Saudi-Qatar-Israel axis.
- Reports: Syrian air base destroyed in missile attack from sea (jpost.com)
- Reports huge blast ‘destroys Syrian air defence base’ at Latakia; Israel blamed (glblgeopolitics.wordpress.com)
- Huge blast destroys Syrian air defense base near Latakia (yalibnan.com)
- Large explosion reported at Syrian army missile base in Latakia (haaretz.com)
- Did Israel Just Launch A Missile Strike On A Key Syrian Air Base? (warnewsupdates.blogspot.com)
- Huge blast ‘destroys defence base’ (dailytelegraph.com.au)
- REPORT: Explosion at Syrian air defense base (12160.info)
|The Syrian capital Damascus was hit by a power cut late on Wednesday, shortly after an explosion near the international airport, residents said.
“The whole city just went dark,” said a resident who lives in the centre of the city and asked to remain anonymous.
An AFP journalist in Damascus said he could see from a distance a huge fire blazing near Damascus International Airport, which is located near the affected power station.
A Damascus resident told Al Jazeera on Thursday morning that power had been restored in most of the capital.
State news agency SANA quoted Electricity Minister Imad Khamis as saying that electricity in “all provinces” had been cut off due to “a terrorist attack on the gas pipeline feeding the electricity generating stations in the southern region.”
“A terrorist attack on a gas pipeline that feeds a power station in the south has led to a power outage in the provinces, and work to repair it is in progress,” Emad Khamis said on Wednesday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group that reports on abuses and battlefield developments using sources from both sides of Syria’s civil war, said the explosion was caused by rebel artillery that hit a gas pipeline near the airport.
The Observatory said the rebel shelling was aimed at the town of Ghasula, a few kilometres from the airport. Rebels have been trying to push into the capital, a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad, whose family has ruled Syria for four decades.
“It is likely this was a large-scale operation planned well in advance,” said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.
In September, a similar outage was caused after a high-voltage power line was sabotaged.
- Blast at gas pipeline near Damascus causes southern Syria blackout..Israel or rebels? (seeker401.wordpress.com)
- Damascus in the Dark After Rebels Hit Gas Pipeline (israelnationalnews.com)
- Syria says terrorist attack causes country-wide blackout (altahrir.wordpress.com)
- Rebels Blast Gas Pipeline Near Damascus Causing Southern Syria Blackout (eurasiareview.com)
- Report: 2 hurt when mortar shell hits Russian embassy in Damascus – CNN (edition.cnn.com)
- Mortar round hits Russia embassy compound in Damascus: Activists (dailystar.com.lb)
- Mortar round lands at Russian Embassy in Damascus (thehindu.com)
[Turkish Army|Syrian Rebels] Said To Down Syrian [Jet|Helicopter] By Turkey-Syria Border | Zero Hedge
- Turkish warplane shoots down Syrian helicopter after airspace violation – The Globe and Mail (theglobeandmail.com)
- Turkish fighter jet shooters down Syrian military helicopter after it crosses border (news.nationalpost.com)
- Turkish warplanes shoot down Syrian helicopter: Turkish deputy PM (dailystar.com.lb)