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The Daily TIP: U.S. Planes Strike Pro-Assad Convoy in Southern Syria

Posted by Tip Staff - June 28, 2017

U.S. Planes Strike Pro-Assad Convoy in Southern Syria
Israeli Organization Bringing Medicine to Syrian Civilians
Netanyahu Meets U.S. Representative Ahead of Next Week’s Trump Visit to Israel
Israeli Researchers Develop Anti-Aging Cream Using Nanotechnology

U.S. Planes Strike Pro-Assad Convoy in Southern Syria

American fighter jets on Thursday struck a convoy of forces loyal to the Syrian regime that approached a base where U.S. and British forces are training Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State, VOA News reported.

The pro-regime convoy had come within 18 miles the al-Tanf base, which houses U.S. and British special forces in southern Syria, and breached the "deconfliction zone" around the base. The deconfliction zones were established by the U.S. and Russia in order to reduce the likelihood of accidental military encounters.

After a convoy of about twenty vehicles including tanks and bulldozers entered the deconfliction zone, U.S aircraft fired warning shots. The U.S. military also contacted Russia through a hotline established to facilitate communications and urged it to prevail upon Syria to leave. The Syrian forces, however, did not budge.

“After that, we couldn’t do much else,” U.S. Central Command spokesman Major Josh Jacques told VOA. “They had every opportunity to leave the area.”

This was the third attack by American forces against Assad's military in recent months, The New York Times reported.

In 2016, American forces launched a strike against Syrian forces that was later deemed an accident. Last month, the U.S. fired 50 cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield, following a chemical weapons attack by the regime against civilians.

Israeli Organization Bringing Medicine to Syrian Civilians

An Israeli organization is sending a shipment of medicine and medical supplies to Syrians affected by the civil war, Ynet reported Thursday.

The organization, Just Beyond our Border, collected hundreds of boxes of medical supplies that it will send to Syria, using the services of Israeli Flying Aid, which transports life-saving supplies to nations with which Israel does not have diplomatic relations. Israeli Flying Aid was one of the first organizations to send aid to Syrians caught in the civil war back in 2011 and has continued doing so since.

Members of Just Beyond our Border organized over social media and raised over $550,000 to help Syrians during a crowdfunding campaign in December 2016. The group consists of religious and secular, men and women all over Israel.

"Our aid focuses on children. On this pallet, for example, there are boxes with hundreds of units of inhalers for children who suffer from asthma," Shivi Froman, one of the leaders of the group said. "The dozens of pallets making their way to Syria carry many other types of medicine."

"After over six years of continuous aid to the Syrians, they know very well that their own president, who promised to protect them from us, the Israelis, is the one who murders them mercilessly, while we are the ones who put politics aside and allow compassion to speak, doing everything in our power to give them basic living conditions," Gal Lusky, the founder of Israeli Flying Aid, observed.

"This is our second shipment. We're feeling great pride, " said Just Beyond Our Border member Zohar Kaplan. "This is our time to make a statement from the citizens of Israel that the Syrian people are not our enemies. They're our neighbors, and as people we need to take care of them, and this is what we're doing. Perhaps in the future this would help them understand that we, on the other side of the border fence, are human beings—just like them."

Netanyahu Meets U.S. Representative Ahead of Next Week’s Trump Visit to Israel

Israel’s Prime Minister met the US special representative yesterday to finalize details of next week’s visit.

President Donald Trump is currently scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday and take part in a brief welcome ceremony at Ben-Gurion airport. He will then travel by helicopter to Jerusalem for a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin at his residence.

President Trump will embark on a private tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, he will not be accompanied by any representatives of the Israeli government. In the afternoon President Trump will meet Prime Minister Netanyahu and this will be followed by a joint press conference. In the evening, President Trump and his wife Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner will join the Prime Minister for dinner.

On Tuesday President Trump will travel to Bethlehem for a meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Trump will then visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and then deliver a speech at the Israel Museum at 11.30 UK time. He will then leave for the airport.

Israeli media have reported that Israel is lining up a package of new economic policies to support the Palestinian Authority during President Trump’s visit.

(via BICOM)

Israeli Researchers Develop Anti-Aging Cream Using Nanotechnology

Wrinkle-smoothing hyaluronic acid can now be introduced into the skin without injections, thanks to an Israeli research team that spent years developing a nanotechnology for this purpose.

Facial wrinkles, lines and sagging result from the body’s gradual loss of its ability to produce hyaluronic acid.

In the past, treatments of hyaluronic acid couldn’t get into the skin’s deepest layers except by injection or in a powder form that must be mixed with water and therefore loses its potency.

That problem was solved by a research team headed by Prof. Rachel Lubart and Prof. Aharon Gedanken from the departments of chemistry and physics and Bar-Ilan University’s Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA).

The Israeli scientists achieved this breakthrough by micronizing - breaking down its particles to the size of a micron - hyaluronic acid.

Once they reach nano size, the hyaluronic acid molecules are transferred into the formula, which enables them to remain nano-sized throughout the process. According to a university statement, this is the only technology in the world capable of creating small molecules that remain small even when applied to the skin.

(via Israel21c)

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