>> n.a.t.o. warns russia it's ready to defend turkey if its air space is violated again hello, i'm martine dennis in doha with the world news from al jazeera. also to come on the programme da - fortress europe - a did you suggest about unwanted refugees. banned from the al-aqsa compound following more clashes.
international appeal for international help as struggles coping with toxic fires in south-east asia syria's armed forces chief of staff said on state's media that the military started what he calls a big attack to take back towns and villages. meanwhile online video shows a rebel group with a russian made tank in idlib province. the t 72 tank is one of the most sophisticated of its signed, believed to have been captured from the syrian army. the group is part of free syrian army. in the northern countryside in hama, hand-made records have been captured. they've been trying to take over this region. let's talk to our correspondent
upon toring event from lebanon. they join us from beirut. what we are witnessing is a level of coordination between russian power from the air, and syrian forces on the ground. >> yes, a coordinated assault, and syrian military even acknowledging that the russian military, the air strikes is providing support to ground troops. you mentioned the syrian armed command talking about a big attack, liberating areas suffering from terrorism. the statement doesn't mention where they are targetting, but we know in military forces that the activity is taking place in the countryside of hamas. that is a western province, it's
strategic, it is ha been contested for months. there's more than a front. but the main front are the plains. >> that area links three provinces together. linking idlib to hama. why does the syrian government want to push the rebels back? the rebels were advancing towards latakia. they want to push them back and protect the government's core region, and the syrian military sources say that the russian strikes are weakening the opposition, and they are helping the ground forces, but it is too early to say whether or not they'll be able to make advances towards the ground. >> we talked about opposition forces capturing military hardware on the ground. generally, how are they reacting to an aggressive onslaught from two points, coming from the
ground and ground forces, and the russian air strikes? >> yes, well, the opposition is vowing to fight back. they are calling this a russian aggression. like you mentioned earlier there were videos showing some rebels using tank missiles. they targeted the tanks, stopping the advance. the opposition is worried. because they feel that they are not getting support. they hear words from the united states, protesting the air strikes, the united states saying, voicing concern that the strategy is wrong. apart from that, russia has a free hand from syria, this is why the opposition is worried. and they've been calling on background to forge an alliance against russia. the opposition not surrendering, they believe the whole campaign is aimed at weakening them. so they can accept a peace
settlement. they are defiant in vague they'll fight back. >> zeina khodr live in beirut. >> n.a.t.o. is ready to defend turkey if the air space is violated. n.a.t.o. secretary has been speaking in brussels ahead of a meeting, and are expected to discuss russian activity in syria and ukraine, and the situation in afghanistan. live to that meeting in brussels, and our correspondent there is neave barker. how is n.a.t.o. expected to react to respond to this increasingly muscular military strategy from russia. >> well n.a.t.o. is most certainly well aware that tensions between the alliance and russia continues to worsen. since russia began air strikes. the concern amongst the alliance
is russia is targetting more than i.s.i.l. and al-qaeda-related groups operating within syria, and other groups backed by the united states. they may find themselves on a list of legitimate russian targets. the message here from the n.a.t.o. alliance is that russia's plans, whatever the long-term plans are, are tragically flawed. and do, in the long run, run the risk of making the conflict last longer. the relationship between n.a.t.o. and russia has been massively affected by concerns about turkey. reports from the turkish military of two apparent incursions by russian planes into turkish air space earlier on in the week. the first, the russians say was an accident. the second, n.a.t.o. is not too sure f. also concerns about the
possibility and troops operating on the ground. not russian troops, but some concerns about volunteers operating within syria to support the bashar al-assad government. there is, to a certain extent. a bit of catch up going on here. the russians have acted fast. what n.a.t.o. will try to do now is come you have with a concerted response on what to do next. >> neave barker, live in brussels. >> well, russia has five cruise mice ails on tart in a major display of military power. more than 1200km away, warships in the caspian sea was involved. russia said it was targetting i.s.i.l., some strikes have hit western-backed rebels. peter sharp reports from moscow. >> reporter: from the caspian sea, 1200km from the fighting
russia opened a second front in the syrian law, unleashing a salvo of cruise missiles at i.s.i.l. positions. those bearing the code name siz ler were launched without warning by the powerful caspian see. these images broadcast on russian state television. >> with a range of 2.5,000km. moscow said it should obtain permission to overfly the military. russia released graphics avoiding south-eastern turkey. the president was briefed on the strike. >> translation: this morning we engaged the flotilla ships, four vessels launched cruise missiles on 11 targets. all were destroyed. >> the missile strike was
totally unexpected. and it begs the question why russia would target i.s.i.l. possessions 1200 bombers away where there's a large force carrying out strikes against i.s.i.l. it would go to remind the rest of russia's reach at the end of the conflict. >> formerly ruled out cooperation with russia. >> russia has the wrong strategy. they hit targets that are not i.s.i.l. we believe this is a fundamental mistake. despite what the russians say, we have not great to cooperate. so long as they pursue mistaken strategy. a disappointment for vladimir putin, who hoped to persuade the u.s. against i.s.i.l. >> peter sharp, al jazeera.
>> europe's staggering refugee crisis is due to be discussed. they'll consider plans to deport hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers from europe. more than 600,000 refugees arrived in europe, as people flee the conflict in syria. the journey may become harder. it imposed a fan to enforce the quotas. >> investing more than 100,000 euros on razor wire to keep people out arriving in the croatian town, heading north, no one takes the route for granted, having sealed its boarder with serbia and a fence across the boarder with croatia complete, only the smallest window into hungary remains.
>> a gap in the fence, 3 meters wide, croatia on one side, hungary ahead. through the gap, 4,000 a day heading into europe, and into the pitched darkness of night. the european union's entire policy depends on what hungary may or may not decide to do with this gap in the fence. >> the government made it clear that the gap could be closed at any moment. hungary doesn't want the refugees on its territory, they are seen as a threat to christian values. this is a vital route to the future that the people crave. >> before you came here, you heard there were problems with the border. >> yes, yes. >> what have you found here now. >> it's completely different. >> i fear that i never come here. >> does it matter to you which country you get to in europe? >> no, i'm looking for a safe
country for me and for my children. i'm, sorry, i need to go. >> reporter: good luck. good luck to you for now, the way through hungry is open, albeit san tied and controlled. the refugees are crammed on to trains and whisked away to the austrian border, they'll barely see hungary, and it will barely see them. >> what would happen if they told you you had to go to another country in europe. not germany, but another country. >> i have no idea. >> you hope for the best. >> sure. just safety. i don't want more. >> hungary and other central european countries oppose a plan to share the refugee burden among the member states. there's talk of poland, slovakia and czech republic sending troops to help hungary keep the
refugees out. that would cause damage, pitting european nations against one another, and leaving thousands with nowhere to go israeli prime minister ordered police to bar government ministers and members of parliament from the al-aqsa mosque compound. the order follows days of unrest across the west bank and the killing of nine palestinians and israelis, a driver was shot and wounded by israeli soldiers who said he tried to run over a policeman. >> president obama apologised for a u.s. air strikes on a hospital run by the aid group hospitals without borders. the top commander apologised for what he described as a mistake. 22 people, 12 medical personnel included, died in an attack in kunduz. doctors without borders is
calling for an independent investigation. >> over the coming days we have meetings with african government officials, and we'll request a stop to the false allegations regarding to the attacks, calling to the correct questions 69 mandates and ability to provide assistance in afghanistan. we'll ask the afghan government to accept the principal of an independent investigation we have a lot more to come here at al jazeera, including a father's struggle to find his stolen daughter erp. we report on international parental abductions. bucking a trend - the u.s. city of san francisco closes its last weapons shop as the debate continues on gun control.
. >> you're with al jazeera, let's have a look at the top stories. the commander of syria's armed forces says a major offensive has begun to recapture towns and villages, the main areas that suffered from what he calls terrorism the head of n.a.t.o. says the military alliance is ready to defend turkey, if they violate turkey's air space. they are unanticipatable and may create a dangerous situation. the we've gee crisis is due to be discussed in luxembourg. ambulances to discuss it,
strengthening borders. >> the u.n. says a deal to form a unity government is getting closer. the special representative has been tasked with bringing together the rival government. talks to reach a final agreement are nearing a conclusion. >> after consultations with all the libyans participating in the national dialogue, i come to tell you despite waiting for the g.n.c. to make a decision today, and unfortunately this decision has not been the one we were expecting in terms of proposing names for the national unity government, but we have decided to go on and we'll continue to work on the formation of the
unity government and hopefully tomorrow it will propose this government. >> the saudi-led coalition in yemen has been accused of coming another wedding. 13 were killed, 38 injured on the attack on a rebel-held town. this is the second attack in weeks. they denied bombing a wedding, more than 130 people were grilled in that attack. >> the houthi rebels confirmed a commitment to a peace plan. they wrote to the u.n. secretary-general saying they are willing to commit to a ceasefire, and withdrawal from the territory. the rebels verbally great to the plan. the yemeni government insists that the houthis hust withdraw first before a dialogue can take place. the u.n. high commissioner for human rights is concerned about mexico's human right
record. he said soldiers should be questioned over the disappearance of 43 students last year. >> many. issues raised by my predecessor four years ago remain of concern, and many of the peep i have spoken to painted a bleak and consistent picture of a society wracked by high levels of insecurity, disappearances and killings, continuing harassment of human rights defenders, journalists, violence against women and terrible abuses of migrants and refugees transiting the country on the way to the united states. britain's prime minister says religious schools found to radicalize young people could be closed down. david cameron proposed that schools offering intensive study should register for inspections. david cameron says he wants to
confront what he calls a diseased few of the world leading home grown youth to join i.s.i.l. australia calls on the government to criminalize international criminal abduction. every year 300 children are stolen by a parent and taken overseas. we have the starry of a father trying to find his daughter in indonesia. >> reporter: in jakarta indonesia, an australian father, kennedy kendall is dreaming of the moment he gets his daughter back. >> it's been five years since i last saw her face. i felt every day. >> you know, i counted every day. >> the 6-year-old was taken by his ex to indonesia five years
ago. >> you will leave the vehicle, and we'll start the recovery. >> kendall hired col chapman, a child recovery expert. >> we only need a short head start. six seconds for you guys to block them and we are up the end here. australia has the highest rate of international parental abduction in the world. every year more than 300 are stolen by parents and taken overseas. >> if a jumbo jet carried 300 children that disappeared. there would be an outcry. public demonstrates for things to be done. >> there are calls for the australian government to change the law and make abductions illegal. in a statement government officials say they are going more to help families, but as to whether to make international abduction a crime.
they are mum on the matter. >> many countries signed the hay convention, finding help to find and return a child to home. indonesia is not one of them. it costs tens of thousands and is controversial. it risks traumatising a child. >> i don't know any parent that wouldn't want to give their child access to the best opportunities in life. this is what i want to do for my daughter. >> hiring a recovery expert is no guarantee of success. security is tight at a school that kendall's daughter attends. >> we'll be surprised by them. >> i can't guarantee you that the recovery will go ahead. we'll have a go. i can't guarantee the result. >> i can't go back to australia
without seeing her, after all these years. >> reporter: kendall says until governments tighten laws, parents and children will continue to be torn apart and you can see steve's fall programme "bringing them home", on 101 east, 2030 greenwich meantime. >> indonesia is seeking international help to put out fires putting choking haze across south-east asia. the president says he's seeking assistance from russia, japan and malaysia. tens of thousands suffered health problems. >> reporter: borneo's peatland fires, a major supplier of the planet's oxygen are on fire, emitting greenhouse gas. the fires raging in the thick
layers of peat and impossible to stop it. they are causing a haze of spoke which has spread beyond indonesia's border, causing tens of thousands of indonesian to fall ill. experts say it's too little, too late. it was no months ago that indonesia would be hit by drought. >> a story about enforcement. and the intention to stop this from happening. most of the work that will be meaningful should have been done before the fire happened. before the el nino year happened. >> to protect a rainforest. the conservation company hired villages that practised slash and burn techniques instead of setting them on fire.
200,000 hectares of greece. >> every time we planned trees we never get the chance to grow and be productive. they are destroyed by fire. that's why they help stop the fire. >> it's not only borneo's farmers, plantation ownsers do too. 200 companies are suspected of causing fires. one has lost its licence. a palm oil company next to the rainforest that villages are trying to react is under investigation. >> on the border of a rainforest. it is closing in. most of the haze is coming from fires, and although this one seems to be now under control, the fire can rage on for many months and flare-up in many minutes. >> president joko widodo instructed canals to be dug to
keep the land wet to stop the fires. experts warn it trains water increasing the fire. the government admits more should be done to prevent the disaster. >> from the start of the year, the president has warned to prevent the fires. orders were clear. the fact is the fires happened meaning the measures have to be impressed. >> indonesian government leaders are yet to involve the communities considered crucial to solve the crisis. individual disasters hope to stop the fires by the end of the month, a prediction that is too optimistic if you want to buy a gun in san francisco, you'll have to leave town to get one. in the latest gun control measure, the last gun shop in the city is finally closing down. melissa chan has more. >> reporter: these are the last
days of the last gun shop in san francisco. people shopped here since 1952. inventory is clearing quickly as they count down to their closure. for the manager, the city's gun proposal was the last straw. >> this is this one, and next year it will be something else. we know, we understand why they are doing it. we understand this, you know, there is a homicide problem in san francisco. we disagree that that is going to help curve it. i don't think it will. >> if we straighten un the trigger. >> the bill will require a video record and require the store to submit a weakly support of ammunition sales to police. because this is the only shop in the city. it pretty much targets the arms. >> looking at 2015, san francisco lost not only its last gun range and gun shop. from my perspective, it's the result of many years of anti-gun
pressure from city elected officials. >> city survivor mark pharaoh says he want to go what he can do keep people face. >> from my perspective congress failed us in our cities and urban courts. it's left to the cities, to our own devices to do what we can. >> there's nothing revolutionary about what we propose. san francisco is following other places such as chicago, which tapes gun ammunitions. >> this is, after all, liberal san francisco, and many people don't like guns. workers say in many ways all the regulations are against the spirit of this usually tolerant city. >> the attitude i have is that if you don't impose it on me, and you are not bringing it to my door stop, if i don't like it, i ignore it.
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