Israel attacked a Hamas observation post in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Thus, the Jewish state reacted to the launch of a rocket from the territory of the Palestinian enclave. The Israeli authorities noted that they hold Hamas responsible for any terrorist activity directed against the country.
The Ministry of Defense stressed that the rocket launched on Sunday fell within the borders of the Gaza Strip, but it posed a threat to the citizens and sovereignty of Israel, the TASS news agency reports.
The Iranian atom is asked to stay – amid the North Korean crisis, the US is defrosting the conflict with Tehran, the Kommersant newspaper writes on Monday.
US President Donald Trump refuses a nuclear agreement with Iran: according to leading American media, referring to signals from the White House, he will officially announce his intention to initiate a unilateral withdrawal from the “deal of the century” on October 12, the article says.
An attempt to dismantle the main foreign policy achievement of Barack Obama is returning the conflict over Iran to the world agenda, threatening to trigger a new security crisis in the Middle East, destabilize the energy market and aggravate US relations with Western allies who supported the agreement with Tehran.
Trump’s initiative also minimizes the chances of a political settlement of the North Korean crisis: the inability of the United States to fulfill its obligations becomes for Pyongyang an irrefutable argument in favor of refusing to dialogue with the United States and developing its own missile and nuclear programs.
Russia and Saudi Arabia have agreed on the supply of S-400 anti-aircraft systems and other weapons, writes RIA Novosti, citing the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation of the Russian Federation (FSMTC).
“An agreement has been reached with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the supply of S-400 air defense systems, Kornet-EM anti-tank missile systems, TOS-1A heavy flame-throwing systems, AGS-30 automatic grenade launchers and AK-103 Kalashnikov assault rifles,” said Maria Vorobyov.
The agreement was concluded during the visit to Moscow of the King of Saudi Arabia Salman ibn Abdel Aziz. Also, representatives of the two countries signed a memorandum envisaging the transfer to Saudi Arabia of technologies for the production of ATGM “Kornet”, self-propelled flamethrowers TOS-1A “Buratino”, automatic grenade launchers and machine guns.
In the period from June 5 to September 15 this year, the United States handed over 1,421 trucks with weapons to the militants of the “Islamic State” and “Jabhat al-Nusra” (both organizations are banned in the Russian Federation). This was stated by the Syrian general Ali Al-Ali, who holds the post of chief of the main operational directorate of the government army, the Interfax news agency reports.
“These weapons were supposedly intended to fight terrorists, but ultimately they fell into the hands of IS militants and Jabhat al-Nusra,” General Al-Ali claims. According to him, the weapons are purchased by the American companies Chemring and Orbital ATK, participating in the Pentagon’s assistance program for the US allies Arms are delivered to the Middle East by sea transport, after which they are brought into Syria through those sections of the border that Damascus does not control.