In all as of today, 10 fires burning in the Irkutsk region are covering an aggregate space of 1,000 hectares, reports the Irkutsk forest-protection air base. Apart from forestry officers and air patrols, the firefighting effort involves aviation and ground-based firefighting equipment.
The fire-hazardous situation, which is quite unusual for this time of the year, was prompted by a spell of warm dry weather and bonfires that gatherers of mushrooms and berries light in the taiga.
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems
Russia is to start supplying S-300 air defence systems to Syria in the near future. The shipments will be conducted free of charge