ISRAEL REJECTS CAUSING DOWNING OF RUSSIAN PLANE IN SYRIA
JERUSALEM, Israel rejected on Tuesday, Moscow’s accusation of causing the loss of a Russian plane, during an overnight air strike in Syria. A rare announcement released by the military’s spokesperson said, “Israel expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members of the Russian plane.”
According to the statement, Israeli fighter jets targeted a facility of the Syrian armed forces, in the coastal province of Latakia overnight. The strike was aimed to prevent the delivery of systems, to manufacture “accurate and lethal weapons” from Iran, to the militia of Hezbollah in Lebanon, the military said.
The Russian-made reconnaissance plane was shot down, “due to Syrian anti-aircraft fire,” which was launched by the Syrian army against the Israeli F-16 fighter jets, the military said. “Israel holds the Assad government … fully responsible for this incident,” the statement read. “Israel also holds Iran and the Hezbollah terror organisation accountable for this unfortunate incident.”
The statement was issued after Moscow blamed Israel for the loss of the plane. A spokesman of the Russian Defence Ministry said. Following the incident, the Israeli air force launched a probe. Its initial findings suggested that “extensive and inaccurate Syrian anti-aircraft (Surface to Air missile) fire, hit and downed the Russian plane,” the military said.
The Syrian anti-air batteries fired “indiscriminately” and apparently “did not bother to ensure that no Russian planes were in the air,” according to the findings. “Israel will share all the relevant information with the Russian government, to review the incident and to confirm the facts in this inquiry,” the military stated.
The incident boosted tensions between Israel and Russia.
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