The Arabic-language al-Rai newspaper quoted Syrian army commanders as saying that the country’s army has changed the rules of clashes with Israel and intends to equally retaliate any Israeli attack with similar offensives on Israeli airbases or military positions, Russia’s state-run RT reported.
The Arabic-language website of RT quoted the Kuwaiti daily as reporting that the decision was taken after Russia showed a firm position against Israel’s attacks on Syria after the downing of its Il-20 plane in Syria and the killing of 15 Russian military forces last September.
The report quoted the commanders also as saying that Moscow has shown a green light to Damascus to target Israel in case of any air or missile attack against military targets in Syria.
They added that after the incident for Il-20 plane, Moscow warned Tel Aviv that the Russian forces might be stationed at any Syrian military base and any attack on Syrian territories could potentially end up in casualties among the Russian forces, which Moscow warned, it would never allow to happen.
The sources said that despite Tel Aviv’s claims, Syria is in possession of precision-striking missiles which can target Israel, adding that they have received long and mid-range missiles which work with GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System) which is the Russian edition of the GPS.
Also, based on reports, despite Israel’s wrong assessments that it has ruined Syria’s missile power, the country is in the final stage of production of home-made missiles.
The report referred to the accidental downing of Russia’s Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft with 15 servicemen on board by Syria’s S-200 launchers in September, which were at the time responding to a wave of Israeli strikes on state institutions in Lattakia Province.
Moscow held Israel responsible for the incident, saying the regime’s pilots had intentionally used the Russian plane as cover to conduct air raids, effectively putting it in the crosshairs of the Syrian air defenses.