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Israeli missiles strike Damascus, US airlifts Daesh terrorists

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Israeli missiles strike Damascus, US airlifts Daesh terrorists

Two Israeli missiles fell in the vicinity of Damascus international airport on Monday night, while US-led coalition airlifted two high ranking Daesh commanders from Dayr al-Zawr province.

Describing the Israeli missile attack in Damascus the Syrian official SANA news agency reports, “This aggression comes in the framework of the support provided by the Zionist entity (Israel) to the terrorist organizations to raise their collapsed morals due to the big losses inflicted upon the Syrian army over the last few days.”

Israel’s leading newspaper Jerusalem Post quoted Syrian state TV report about the two missile strikes without confirming from Israeli authorities.

It also quoted Al-Masdar News citing reports stating that missiles targeted an Iranian cargo plane being unloaded at the airport. It said that Syrian forces aid-defense systems subsequently intercepted an Israeli drone in southwestern Syrian airspace.

SANA further reports that Syrian army, over the past few days regained control over hundreds of square kilometers in Al-Lajat area in the countryside of Daraa and Sweida and Syrian Badiya (desert) extending in the countryside of Homs, Damascus and Deir al-Zawr.

Rami Abdulrahman, the head of London based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Associated France Press (AFP) that “Israeli missiles hit arms depots fro Hezbollah near the airport” adding that Syrian air defense systems failed to prevent the “alleged” air strikes.

The daily said that Israel has regularly refused to confirm or deny mounting overnight raids in Syria, but has repeatedly stated that it is unwilling to accept Iranian military presence in Syria. However, Syria denies presence of Iranian army on its soil except military advisors from Tehran.Israeli missiles strike Damascus, US airlifts Daesh terrorists

On Monday, SANA reported from Hasaka, “In framework of the US divulged support to the terrorist groups which aims at prolonging terrorist war on Syria, two helicopters of the US-led ‘International Coalition’ evacuated two of Daesh (IS) leaders from the area of Twimin on the Syrian-Iraqi borders”.

The Syrian news agency quoted sources saying that the airdrop and the evacuation were carried out without any clashes and in coordination and cooperation with the US-backed Qasad groups in the region.

Al-Masdar News reports from Damascus that the US-led coalition has reportedly airlifted two senior IS commanders from a small cillage in the northeast Syria near the Iraqi borders in coordination with the Kurdish allies controlling the area.

It also quoted local sources confirming that the two helicopters of the US coalition landed in Twimin village in order to transport two senior commanders from the Islamic State (IS) terror group to the US base in Al-Shaddadah town, located 127 km northeast of Deir al-Zawr.

The Israeli and US moves came amidst continuing successful fight against Daesh (IS) and other terrorist groups by Syrian forces, supported by Russian Air Force and Iranian military advisors. Israel and US seems to be in close coordination in their efforts otherwise, observers believe.

In September 2017, Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Muallem said the US-led coalition was trying to destroy his country and prolong the armed conflict. He further stated that Damascus would demand the dissolution of the military contingent stressing that thousands of women and children had been killed by coalition airstrikes in Raqqah and Dair al-Zawr provinces.

Syria’s top diplomat further noted that Pentagon was using the coalition to cover up its destruction campaign in Syria. He further asserted that US backed militiamen from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are fighting Syrian army forces to gain control over the oil-rich areas of the country.

In August last year, London based opposition sponsored Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had reported that US-led choppers had transported four Daesh members and a civilian from a house used as an arms depot in Beqres, a sub-urban area east of Dair al-Zawr to a safe area.

The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against, what they call to be Daesh targets in Syria since September 2014 without invitation or authorization from the Damascus or a UN mandate.

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PM Modi condoles Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s death says India stands with Iran

PM Narendra Modi extended condolences to Ebrahim Raisi’s family and the people of Iran.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condoled Iran president Ebrahim Raisi’s death and said he was deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic demise. The PM also said contribution to strengthening India-Iran bilateral ties will always be remembered.

Taking to social media X, formerly Twitter, PM Modi said deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic passing of Iran’s president, Dr. Seyed Ebrahim Raisi. He also said, he will never forget his contribution to the bilateral ties between Iran and India. The PM said his heartfelt condolences are his family and the people of Iran, he added. PM Modi wrote, India stands with Iran in this time of sorrow.

Ebrahim Raisi was found dead a day after his helicopter went missing. He reportedly died in a chopper crash in the mountainous region of the country.

The helicopter crash claimed the lives of officials, bodyguards, and Iran’s foreign minister in addition to Raisi.

State television announced on Monday that Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi, the servant of the Iranian nation, has achieved the highest level of martyrdom whilst serving the people, and Mehr news agency confirmed his death.

The missing helicopter was being looked for by Iranian authorities since Sunday afternoon.

Reportedly, the crash occurred in the East Azerbaijan province of Iran and claimed the lives of nine individuals, including Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

There was no proof that the passengers were still alive, according to reports from Iranian media.

Out of the three helicopters in his convoy, only two made it to their destination, including Ebrahim Raisi. He had traveled to the northwest province to join President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan at the inauguration of a dam project in Jolfa.

It was anticipated that Raisi, a devout conservative, would succeed the eighty-year-old Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Since 2021, Ebrahim Raisi has served as Iran’s president. He replaced Hassan Rouhani, the centrist president.

Under his leadership, the death of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian-Kurdish woman who had been detained for violating the Iranian dress code for women, sparked widespread public unrest throughout the nation.

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Slovakia’s Prime Minister safe after surviving multiple gunshot

The assailant critically injured 59-year-old Prime Minister Fico by shooting him five times.

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Slovakia’s Deputy Prime Minister has confirmed today that Prime Minister Robert Fico’s condition is stable, with his life no longer in immediate danger, following an alarming incident where he was shot multiple times.

The Prime Minister was shot by an assassin while he was leaving a meeting on Wednesday.The assailant critically injured 59-year-old Prime Minister Fico by shooting him five times.

Following the attack, Prime Minister Fico was urgently airlifted to the hospital, where he underwent extensive surgery that lasted several hours. Defence Minister Robert Kalinak, addressing reporters from outside the hospital where Fico was receiving treatment on Wednesday, described the Prime Minister’s condition as critical, emphasising that he was fighting for his life.

The identity of the suspect is yet unconfirmed as the police further investigate. Unconfirmed reports from local media suggest that the assailant may have been a 71-year-old writer and political activist.

A video is currently circulating in which the alleged perpetrator can be seen. In the clip, he mentions that he does not agree with government policy.

The shooting has sparked international concern. Expressing shock over the incident, PM Modi conveyed his solidarity with the people of the Slovak Republic, wishing Prime Minister Fico a speedy recovery. He strongly condemned the shooting, denouncing it as a cowardly and despicable act while emphasising the need for unity against such violent acts and reaffirming India’s support for Slovakia during these challenging times.

Earlier, EU chief Ursula von der Leyen also expressed disapproval of the vile attack on Prime Minister Robert Fico . On X, she stated that such acts of violence have no place in society, undermining democracy, the most precious common good. Von der Leyen extended her thoughts to Prime Minister Fico and his family, highlighting the European Union’s solidarity during this challenging time. The condemnation from EU leadership underscores the gravity of the situation and the need for a united stance against violence targeting political figures. As the investigation unfolds, international support for Slovakia remains steadfast, emphasising the importance of upholding democratic principles and ensuring the safety of leaders across Europe.

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World Earth Day 2024: Google Doodle showcases aerial view of planet’s natural beauty

Google celebrated Earth Day 2024 with a special doodle featuring an aerial view of our planet’s biodiversity.

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Google shared a doodle today to celebrate World Earth Day 2024, which showcased aerial photos of the planet’s biodiversity and natural beauty. Google reminded us of the importance of protecting planet earth for future generations with the help of this doodle.

The Google letters depict specific locations across the globe where people, communities, and governments work every day to help protect the planet’s natural beauty, biodiversity, and resources, according to the explanation of the annual Earth Day 2024 doodle on their website.

It said, these examples remind us that there’s much more to do to address the climate crisis and biodiversity loss, but also offer the promise of hope and optimism.

The islands of Turks and Caicos are represented by the letter “G.” The islands’ conservation efforts are concentrated on protecting important regions for biodiversity and addressing persistent environmental problems.

The largest reef in the southern Gulf of Mexico and a UNESCO biosphere reserve, Scorpion Reef National Park, is represented by the letter “O” in the Mexican flag.

The letter “O” features Iceland’s Vatnajokull National Park, which was designated as a national park in 2008 following decades of advocacy. The ecology within and surrounding the biggest glacier in Europe is safeguarded by this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The letter “G” has the Jau National Park in Brazil on it. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the biggest forest reserves in South America.

The Great Green Wall of Nigeria is represented by the letter “L,”  and the Pilbara Islands Nature Reserves of Australia are represented by the letter “E.”

Meanwhile, Earth Day is a worldwide event that promotes protection of the environment every year. April 22 serves as a reminder of the importance of conservation efforts and sustainable practices to guarantee a healthier world and a brighter future.

The occasion inspires people across the world to come together and take action to protect the environment, strengthening our bonds with nature and promoting good change.

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