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Syrian air defenses accidentally shot down a Russian military plane over northwest Syria on Monday night, the Russian defense ministry said.
But the Kremlin is blaming Israel, not its ally in Damascus, for the loss of the Il-20 surveillance plane, which was carrying 15 Russian troops when it went down.
Russia - Tuesday - Israel - Case - Fire
Russia said Tuesday that Israel was ultimately responsible for what appeared to be a case of friendly fire, because Israeli jets were carrying out airstrikes in the area and had not given the Russian plane enough time to fly out of danger.
Israeli F-16s were “hiding behind the Russian aircraft” and put the plane “in the line of fire of Syrian anti-aircraft systems,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told Interfax news agency, according to The New York Times.
Israel - Syria - Assad - Ally - Iran
Israel has frequently intervened in Syria to prevent Assad’s other primary ally, Iran, from establishing a military presence there. More than 200 Israeli sorties have targeted both Iranian arms shipments and Syrian army facilities thought to be hosting Iranian forces.
In a series of tweets Tuesday, Israel Defense Forces expresses condolences for the loss of the Russian plane but placed the blame squarely on “extensive and inaccurate” fire from Syrian air defenses.
Anti-air - Batteries
“The Syrian anti-air batteries fired indiscriminately and from what we understand,...
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