Russian Warplanes Intercept Israeli Jets Over Southern Syria

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Russian fighter jets have intercepted Israeli warplanes that were flying over southern Syria, media reports say.

According to Russian publication Avia.Pro, Russia’s warplanes intercepted the Israeli warplanes that had been seeking to attack the T-4 Airbase in Syria’s western province of Homs last week.

According to the report, two Russian Su-35 fighters took off from the Hmeimim Airbase in Syria’s western coastal province of Latakia to intercept the Israeli warplanes.

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria, including in the Golan Heights, most of them against what the Tel Aviv regime claims to be the positions of pro-Syrian forces.

The Syrian military has mostly repelled the Israeli strikes, shooting down most of the incoming rockets.

In early 2018, Syria targeted and shot down at least one Israeli F-16 that had intruded into its airspace.

Syria has called on the United Nations to adopt necessary measures to stop Israel’s repeated acts of military aggression in its territory.

‘Unidentified’ jets attack Dayr al-Zawr 

Meanwhile, to the east of the country, unidentified warplanes conducted airstrikes on Dayr al-Zawr province, killing five pro-government fighters, a pro-opposition monitoring group said.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air raids hit positions on the edge of the town of Albukamal late Saturday.

“Five non-Syrian fighters were killed,” Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the observatory, told AFP, without being able to specify their nationalities.

He claimed that Syrian government troops and allied fighters were present in the area on the western banks of the Euphrates River.

Belligerent rhetoric 

From time to time, Israel claims targeting Iranian forces or Iran-backed fighters in Syria. Tehran has a policy of not commenting on such claims, saying they do not merit a response.

Iran says it has no troops other than military advisers in Syria, which has retaken most of the territories held by foreign-backed militants and terrorist groups.

On Sunday, Israel’s minister of military affairs Naftali Bennett warned against what he called Iran’s continued presence in Syria, saying Tel Aviv would prevent the establishment of a stable Iranian military presence in the Arab country.

“It is no secret that Iran is trying to establish a ring of fire around” Israel, Bennett said at a conference. “We say to Iran: Syria will become your Vietnam.”

The belligerent remarks came a day after the Israeli regime’s foreign Minister Israel Katz threatened a military operation against Iran with the help of the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

“If Iran crosses the ‘red line’, it will discover a uniform front between Saudi Arabia, UAE and the United States, which will launch hundreds of Tomahawk missiles at Tehran,” he said.

The aggressive rhetoric heats up as Israel finds itself on the verge of a third election in less than a year unless politicians can put aside differences and form a coalition by midnight Wednesday.

In this drawn-out campaign season, Israeli leaders have been eager to demonstrate a willingness to confront the regime’s enemies.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. “Syria has called on the United Nations to adopt necessary measures to stop Israel’s repeated acts of military aggression in its territory.”

    Fat chance of the UN authorizing the use of military force to destroy the air bases from which these attacks are launched. Eventually the other nations of the Middle East will have to do so without UN sanction.

    “which will launch hundreds of Tomahawk missiles at Tehran…”

    In response for which Iran and Hezbollah will launch tens of thousands of missiles at Israel, ending its occupation of Palestine.

  2. All this is why no good American Citizen should join our totally corrupt military today aiding and abetting the aggressive outlaw country of the planet: Israel. Do not put your good life on the line for criminals in Israel who steal lands and criminally attack neighbors on a daily basis. They also have illegal stolen nukes and did the false flag attack on the towers 9/11/01 with the aid of traitors Bush, Cheney , four star generals and other criminals none of whom have been arrested and tried for these crimes. Israel is a cowardly outlaw country which should be occupied by the UN forces. The corrupt government of the US has no business aiding and sending them our hard earned money.

    • Anyone who wants to hear some straight talk about this obscenity of a situation in our country today, listen to the video presentation by former US Marine Ken O’keefe at LAX in 2016. Warning: Strong language is used. America is going down the tubes quickly now all due to selfish criminals in Israel and criminals in the U.S. supporting them. Israel would love to get the U.S. into WWIII. Everyone must keep this in mind. So far the U.S. has been very lucky to have not received the many bombs it has dropped on others. You can bet this situation will not be continued in the future. If these fools are stupid enough to start WWIII the U.S. will receive some horrible return fire on the homeland; bet on it! Many other countries have some serious nuclear fire power today. How did the four star generals do “defending” the country on 9/11/01?

    • Take a look at pictures of Nagasaki and Hiroshima after Truman bombed them with nukes. Then imagine these were New York or Washington, D.C. or Los Angeles or Miami! You get the picture.

    • Couldn’t agree more. Also its time to cut the “defense” budget. Since it has nothing to do with defense and only supports the racist genocidal apartheid terrorist state of Israel in the region.

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