21 Sep News: Breaking News 11:40 EDT:
Kenyan Red Cross reports more than 39 people killed, at least 100 people injured by 18-20 Arabic-speaking gunmen who stormed the upscale Westgate center shopping mall in the Kenyan capital Saturday, Sept. 21. Riding in on motorcycles, they sprayed the crowds with gunfire and grenades. Kenyan police forces engaged the attackers, who carried large quantities of ammo, in fierce battle.
As terrified people rushed out, the gunmen seized at least seven hostages and barricaded themselves inside the building. Heavy military and police forces are surrounding the mall, attempting to negotiate the hostages’ release.
Kenyan sources report an unknown number of Israelis were in the mall which is Israeli-owned, including staff and shoppers. There is no word yet on their situation.
Witnesses who escaped reported that the terrorists, all masked and clad in black clothing, singled out white people and foreigners and shouted to fellow Muslims to run out. The exclusive Westgate centre is often frequented by wealthy Kenyans and expatriates from in the country and outside. Police have urged residents to stay away from the area.
Israeli warships and planes have been rushed to areas off the Tel Aviv and Herzliya beaches at 7:am this morning.
Egyptian Apache helicopters attacked areas with large concentrations of militants and weapons in El-Arish Saturday. It was further reported that 15 militants were arrested during the operation.
20 Sep: Syria has delivered a detailed list of its chemical weapons as promised.
The General Assembly annual meet begins next week and Secretary Kerry is demanding a Chapter Seven resolution from the Security Council by the end of next week. Russia is saying absolutely not, as that is contrary to the US Russia agreement [as explained in a previous post].
The UNSC deadlock is not likely to be broken and an attack on Syria could take place at any time after the first of October, even though Syria has fulfilled its part under the US Russian agreement.