Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
. Military Space News .




WAR REPORT
Syria 'firing Scud-style missiles,' Palestinians return
by Staff Writers
Damascus (AFP) Dec 21, 2012


Arab League chief, ministers to visit West Bank
Beit Jala, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Dec 21, 2012 - Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi and a group of Arab foreign ministers will visit the West Bank on December 29, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat has said.

"Nabil al-Arabi and between eight and 10 foreign ministers will be our guests on the 29th," he said during a late Thursday meeting with reporters in the West Bank town of Beit Jala, west of Bethlehem.

Erakat also said he expected the first payment of the fiscal "safety net" of $100 million, promised by the League in the event of Israeli financial sanctions following the November 29 Palestinian UN upgrade to observer-state status, by "December 24."

He said that on Wednesday, "we got a letter from Nabil al-Arabi saying that they are committed to it, which enabled the government to take a $100 million dollar loan which means we are going to have some salaries tomorrow and the day after."

Palestinian Authority officials in the West Bank went on strike on Wednesday and Thursday in protest at not being paid.

Earlier this month, Israel announced it would not transfer tax and tariff funds it collects for the Palestinians but would instead use it to pay off a debt to the Israeli electricity company, after the successful Palestinian UN bid which they said was contrary to agreements between the sides.

Every month, Israel transfers approximately 460 million shekels ($120 million, 92.7 million euros) in customs duties which are levied on goods destined for Palestinian markets that transit through Israeli ports, and which constitute a large percentage of the Palestinian budget.

The transfers are governed by the 1994 Paris Protocols with the Palestinians.

The Syrian regime has fired Scud-style missiles at rebels, NATO said Friday, as Russia raised the alarm over the risk of chaos in Syria and Palestinians forced to flee their Damascus camp returned.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen called the Syrian army's use of missiles against rebels an act of desperation.

"I can confirm that we have detected the launch of Scud-type missiles; we strongly regret that act," Rasmussen said. "I consider it an act of a desperate regime approaching collapse."

The latest launches were detected on Thursday, a source close to NATO said, and that was corroborated by an activist in the rebel-held town of Marea in the northern province of Aleppo.

Abu Hisham told AFP he had been awakened to "the sound of a very loud explosion. It was raining heavily and there were many clouds, so we knew it was unlikely to be aerial bombardment."

"The first missile fell outside Marea. Had it hit the town it would have caused a massacre. The second, my friends told me, fell outside (the nearby town of) Tel Refaat."

In Damascus, Palestinian refugees streamed back to the Yarmuk camp after a reported deal to keep it out of the conflict, following fierce clashes earlier this week and briefly on Friday.

An AFP correspondent heard sporadic shooting, and a main road was blocked with boulders to keep out cars, although a van full of passengers still entered through a side street.

The fighting forced about 100,000 of Yarmuk's 150,000-strong population to flee, with many taking refuge in Damascus parks and squares, said the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees.

Hours after they returned on Friday, fighting again flared in the camp for about an hour and a half, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"The fighting pitted anti-regime Syrian and Palestinian rebels against members of the pro-regime popular committees," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

The clashes were between fighters who had not withdrawn from Yarmuk despite a reported agreement after talks that began on Wednesday aimed at removing both rebel and government fighters from the camp.

Newspapers in neighbouring Lebanon said an agreement had been reached under the auspices of Mokhtar Lamani, the representative of UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.

The UN's World Food Programme said it was to start providing food to 125,000 "vulnerable Palestinians and displaced Syrians" in and around Yarmuk.

Elsewhere, violence raged in flashpoints across Syria, with the Britain-based monitor saying at least 82 people were killed.

And a rebel attack on an electricity pylon caused a power outage in several areas of Damascus, state television said.

Despite the violence, protesters took to the streets in several anti-regime areas, renewing calls for the fall of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, it said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow does not want "chaos" in Syria -- 21 months into an anti-regime revolt that monitors say has claimed more than 44,000 lives -- and that it looked forward to seeing a democratic regime there.

"We will try to pursue the public order in Syria and look forward to a democratic regime in Syria because this country is close to our borders," he said at a news conference on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels.

"We wouldn't like chaos in that country," he added. "Everyone is interested in stopping the violence and the bloodshed."

For the secont time in two days, Putin denied propping up Assad's regime and appeared to acknowledge the possibility of change, saying: "We do not advocate the government of Syria."

He insisted, however, that a solution must be found among all parties at the negotiating table to take into account the views "of all the citizens."

On Thursday, Putin said Russia was not concerned about Assad's fate, but "we understand that the family has been in power for 40 years and there is a need for change."

.


Related Links






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





WAR REPORT
Research finds crisis in Syria has Mesopotamian precedent
Sheffield UK (SPX) Dec 21, 2012
Research carried out at the University of Sheffield has revealed intriguing parallels between modern day and Bronze-Age Syria as the Mesopotamian region underwent urban decline, government collapse, and drought. Dr Ellery Frahm from the University of Sheffield's Department of Archaeology made the discoveries by studying stone tools of obsidian, razor-sharp volcanic glass, crafted in the re ... read more


WAR REPORT
U.S. seeks double Israel missile funding

NATO chief denounces Iran's allegations on Patriots

Russia shuts down Azerbaijan radar station: Baku

Turkey assures Russia Patriot missiles for defence: diplomat

WAR REPORT
NATO says Syria regime firing 'Scud-style missiles'

Raytheon awarded contract for SM-2 production

Brazil invests in rocket technology

Brazil, S. Africa collaborate on missile

WAR REPORT
Northrop Grumman, US Navy Complete At-Sea Deck Handling Trials of X-47B Unmanned Demonstrator

Pakistani drone crashes in northwest: officials

Boeing Demos Unmanned Little Bird for Republic of Korea Army

Boeing's Reusable, Unmanned X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Begins Second Flight

WAR REPORT
General Dynamics' 30,000th Combat Search and Rescue Radio Goes to Work for USAF

Europe launches major British military satellite

N. Korea satellite appears dead: scientist

AEHF Team Completes Major Integration Milestone Ahead Of Schedule

WAR REPORT
Supacat opens Australian design facility

NGC Provides Attitude Heading Reference For Sikorsky's S-76D Helicopter

Lockheed Martin Wins Role on Army Software and Systems Engineering Contract

Integrated soldier kits for more troops

WAR REPORT
Putin to push for arms deals in India

Congress sends sweeping defense bill to Obama

Cameron in Oman as BAE unveils $4bn defence deal

Boeing Raises Dividend 10 Percent and Resumes Share Repurchase Program

WAR REPORT
China ships in disputed waters, first since Japan poll

Russia widens anti-U.S. retaliation

Leadership change in Asia offers new start: analysts

Japan's Abe voices security concerns

WAR REPORT
Synthetic and biological nanoparticles combined to produce new metamaterials

Nanocrystals Not Small Enough to Avoid Defects

Nature Materials Study: Boosting Heat Transfer With Nanoglue

New optical tweezers trap specimens just a few nanometers across




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement