Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Russia says a military aircraft vanishes near Syria during Israeli, French strikes

Syrian state media is now reporting missile attacks targeting a technological institute in the city of Latakia Syrian state media is now reporting missile attacks targeting a technological institute in the city of Latakia
Kenny Thornton | 18 September, 2018, 09:09

CNN quoted the U.S. official as saying the Syrian army was actually trying to stop a barrage of Israeli missiles, and a second official confirmed that Israel was responsible for the missile strikes on the Syrian positions.

State-run Ikhbariya TV said 10 people were injured in the attack.

The Il-20 disappeared from radar at about 11 p.m. Moscow time (20:00 GMT) on Monday some 35 kilometers (22 miles) off the Syrian coast, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The port city of Latakia is home to the family of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and a bastion of loyalty to his regime.

Russia's Defense Ministry has said that one of its military aircraft "disappeared" over the Mediterranean during an Israeli air attack on Syria. An unidentified military official was quoted as saying Syrian air defences intercepted some missiles heading for the provincial capital of Latakia from the sea. A source told Sputnik that there were drones and missiles involved.

The Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft went down with 14 service members during an attack by four Israeli F-16 jets on the coastal city of Latakia, near the Hmeymim airbase to which the Russian plane was returning, the ministry said.

On Saturday, Syrian air defenses downed suspected Israeli missiles fired at the Damascus airport, state media reported.

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The news of the plane's disappearance surfaced shortly after Syria announced its air defense system had shot down several missiles fired from the sea, targeting state technical industry institutions in Latakia.

Israel does not regularly comment on alleged strikes in Syria.

Israel is widely believed to have been behind a series of airstrikes mainly targeting Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria that have joined the country's war fighting alongside the government.

Monday's attack came hours after Russian Federation and Turkey announced an agreement that effectively prevents a Syrian government offensive against Idlib, a rebel-held area in northwestern Syria.

When asked for comment about Monday's attack, an Israeli military spokeswoman said Israel did not comment on foreign reports.

It said electricity was later fully restored to Latakia province, a stronghold of Syria's government, after a partial blackout caused by the attack.

A USA official has said the Russian jet was shot down by mistake by Syria's forces.

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