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Israel delivers demolition notices for EU-funded water tanks in Hebron – from MaanNews.com – “The tanks were set up earlier in 2016 under a UN-funded water development program, Awad said… After Israeli authorities deliver a demolition order, the owners of the properties have seven days to remove the structures. If not, Israeli forces demolish the structures at the financial expense of the owners of the property… It remains unclear what legal pretext Israeli authorities used to issue the demolition orders… Israel has come under international condemnation over repeated demolitions of EU-funded structures, with some accusing the Israeli government of demolishing Palestinian structures in retaliation for the EU’s decision in November to enforce labeling laws that would indicate if a product was produced in one of Israel’s 196 illegal settlements… Since the start of 2016, Israeli forces have demolished 586 Palestinian-owned structures, leaving 800 Palestinians homeless in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to OCHA… According to the Israeli Committee Against Housing Demolitions, Israeli forces have demolished over 48,000 Palestinian homes and structures since the start of the occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967.”
Battle for Aleppo – the End of Erdogan’s Ottoman Dream in Syria – by atherine Shakdam, Journal-NEO.org – “Forget Damascus and forget President Bashar al-Assad’s seat of power – the real battle for Syria is being played out in the northern city of Aleppo, where Turkey dared dream it would revive its empire of old. Ankara here, is in for a rude awakening!.. So rude in fact that Turkish President Recep Erdogan is contemplating a military incursion into Syria – a move fraught with dangers, as it could potentially send Turkey in a collision course with not just Damascus, but two military superpowers; Iran and Russia. Needless to say that while both Moscow and Tehran have exercised restraint and measure when dealing with Ankara’s political folly, for the sake of regional stability; a direct military move against Syria would likely send ripples across the region that no amount of diplomacy will quiet… Turkey of course argues that its position is legitimate and true … how could it not, when Turkey has proven such a true NATO ally, such a bulwark against terror? President Erdogan’s main line of defense – or rather, attack is that he needs to absolutely protect Turkey’s national sovereignty against dangerous radical militants. Turkey’s right to self-defence is so imperious in fact that its expression justifies its trampling over the territorial integrity of another sovereign nation: Syria.”
Over 100 killed as blasts hit near Russian military bases in Syria’s Latakia province (VIDEO) – from RT.com – “Sham FM radio claims that the first explosion in Jableh occurred at the entrance to the town, where a car with an estimated equivalent of 250 kg of TNT inside blew up… Three more blasts were reported in a residential area of another coastal town, Tartus, eyewitnesses told RIA Novosti… At least 20 were killed there, SANA and RIA Novosti said citing police sources… According to Syrian state TV, one of the Tartus explosions was a car bomb, while another was caused by a suicide bomber… Both towns targeted by Monday attacks are close to facilities used by the Russian task force in Syria… The Martyr Basil al-Assad International Airport, next to Jableh, has hosted Russia’s Khmeimim airbase and reconciliation center since September 2015… The port of Tartus has been used for years by the Russian Navy as a feeder base. The port has been extensively used for delivering military supplies to the Russian contingent in the country… An eye-witness of the blast in Tartus told RT that the bus station that was targeted was destroyed… ‘Most of the bus-station is down, completely destroyed. It’s very new to this city, it’s never happened before. People are angry, and sad.’ “