Russian jets strike rebel held town in Syria: opposition sources

Russian jets strike rebel held town in Syria: opposition sourcesRussian jets struck an opposition held town in southwest Syria on Sunday, opposition sources said, in the first air cover provided by Moscow to an expanding Syrian army offensive to recapture the strategic area bordering Jordan and the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. Two tracking centers that monitor military aircraft movements recorded at least twenty strikes on Busra al Harir, northeast of Deraa, a city in Syria, two sources told Reuters. “We have tracked a sortie of 5 Russian jets that performed 25 raids,” said one source saying the war jets had set off from Russia’s Hmeimim air base in the western coastal province of Latakia in Syria.


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Syria pounds rebel areas in south, thousands flee to border zone

Syria pounds rebel areas in south, thousands flee to border zoneBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) – The Syrian army and allied forces pounded rebel-held areas of the southwest as thousands of civilians fled to safer opposition held areas along the border with Jordan and Israel, aid workers and rebels said. Busra al Harir, Nahta, Maliha and a sting of towns and villages east of Deraa city have borne the brunt of a ramped up assault by the Syrian army begun last week.


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Yemen rebel leader defiant as dozens die in battle for key port

Yemen rebel leader defiant as dozens die in battle for key portYemen’s rebel chief urged his forces to fight on against pro-government troops pressing a Saudi-backed offensive to retake the key aid hub of Hodeida, as the UN called for the Red sea port to be kept open. Military sources said coalition gunships pounded rebel positions as fighting raged several kilometres (miles) from Hodeida airport, south of the city. Rebel leader Abdel Malek Al-Houthi urged troops to “confront the forces of tyranny”, warning they would recapture areas taken by pro-government forces by “bringing huge numbers (of fighters) to the battle”, according to the rebels’ Al-Masirah TV.


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Saudi-led troops fight rebel forces south of Yemen's Hodeida

Saudi-led troops fight rebel forces south of Yemen's HodeidaSANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s exiled government captured a town south of the port city of Hodeida on Thursday as fierce fighting and airstrikes pounded the area on the second day of an offensive to capture the strategic harbor that is the main entry point for food in a country teetering on the brink of famine.


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Air strikes target Yemen rebel positions in port offensive

Air strikes target Yemen rebel positions in port offensiveAir strikes by a Saudi-led coalition targeted areas around Yemen’s rebel-held port of Hodeida on Thursday, the insurgents said, as an offensive to retake the vital aid gateway entered its second day. Hodeida remained open and processing ships despite the offensive, port authorities said. The Iran-backed Huthi rebels who control the Red Sea port city — home to 600,000 people — reported “two enemy air strikes on the (Hodeida) area” via their news outlet Al-Masirah.


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