Russia Denies Report of Docking Warships in Syria (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Ben Bresky 08/03/12)
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The government of Russia released a report on Friday denying previous
reports that Russian warships were scheduled to dock in Syria. The
Russian Ministry of Defense said the reports were incorrect,
according to Yedioth Ahronoth news which quoted the Reuter news
Numerous international media outlets reported Friday afternoon that
Russia was planning to dock three ships manned by marines to its
naval base at Tartus in Syria. According to those reports, each ship
has 120 marines. The ships were said to be currently stationed in the
According to the Russian Interfax Information Services as quoted by
the New York Times and other media outlets the ships were reportedly
to deliver supplies to Russian military personnel currently stationed
in Syria. There are approximately 30,000 Russian citizens in Syria.
Also reported on Friday was the movement of several missile launchers
and other weaponry by the Syrian military. The missiles were
stationed along the border with Lebanon.
The ongoing armed conflict between the regime of President Bashar
Assad and Syrian rebels has been heating up since it began in 2011.
Between 12 and 21 people were reported killed in a mortar attack in a
community near Damascus on Thursday and at least 35 civilians were
killed during a separate attack on a Damascus suburb.
As far as Russia´s involvement in the situation, Russian Deputy
Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov referred on Wednesday to a video
showing Syrian rebels in Aleppo executing members of shabiha, the
militia loyal to the Assad regime, saying it proves that both sides
have committed human rights violations.
“The harsh massacre of supporters of the government by the opposition
confirms human rights violations are taking place on both sides,”
Gatilov said on Twitter. “It would be useful if Western and Arab
politicians looked at the situation in Syria from this angle too.
Everybody must stop violence.”
Syria is Israel´s neighbor to the north. It is considered an enemy
state. Syria waged war against Israel in the War of Independence in
1948, the Six Day War of 1967, the Yom Kippur War of 1973 and engaged
troops against Israel in the First Lebanon War of 1982.
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