Russia: Syria held back fire as Israel used civilian aircraft as cover in Homs raid

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Press TV: Israel has one again used civilian aircraft as a shield against Syrian air defense systems during its attacks on the Arab country, says a Russian general.

“On October 13, from 23:35 to 23:39, four F-16 tactical fighters of the Israeli Air Force entered Syrian airspace in the US-occupied al-Tanf zone in Homs Province and struck a phosphate ore processing plant in the Palmyra region,” Rear Admiral Vadim Kulit, deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria, said at a briefing.

Kulit said the Syrian military, however, decided not to target the Israeli jets that carried out the strike in central Syria because there were two civilian airliners in the sky at the time.

“The Syrian military leadership decided not to use air defense systems, since at the time of the Israeli aviation attack, two civilian passenger aircraft were in the zone of destruction of the anti-aircraft systems,” Kulit said, Sputnik news reported.

The Syrian Defense Ministry announced earlier that the Wednesday attack killed one soldier and injured three others.

Israel has repeatedly used civilian aircraft as a shield against Syrian air defense systems in its aggression against the Arab country.

In February, an Airbus A320 with 172 passengers on board was forced to make an emergency landing at the Russian-operated Hmeimim Air Base during an Israeli attack.

Back in 2018, Israel had to apologize for using a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft as a shield during an attack, causing a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile to shoot down the Russian aircraft instead and kill 15 Russian and two Syrian service members.

Israel’s Wednesday attack came just days after Syria’s air defenses thwarted an Israeli missile attack on a military air base, known as T-4, in Homs, shooting down most of the incoming projectiles.

That aerial assault had been initiated from the direction of the al-Tanf area as well, with Syrian official news agency SANA reporting that it wounded six soldiers and resulted in some material losses.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups.

Israel frequently targets the positions of the Syrian military and its allies, who are fighting against the foreign-backed terrorists wreaking havoc in the Arab country.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. MONOPOLY – Who owns the world?

    REUTERS: Thomson Reuters” David THOMSON 3rd [Canadian Family]

    .ANP: Gees Oemen, Dutch Investor.

    AFP: Largely funded by French Government.

    This is for Humans people,very uneducated and very trustworthy!

    Watch and learn is the way to go…at least won’t be a Ship..This Is The Way!

  2. Without the United States, Israel is nothing.
    And the Israelis know it !
    Why do you think they are going crazy with all the
    “Loyalty Oaths To Israel”
    ( Chances are that if you have taken out a loan lately you have inadverdently signed one)
    Draconian anti BDS Laws
    (In CA recently the ADL “busted” a BDS group
    The ADL is a Police Force now?!)
    Recently Prime Minister Bennett was in the US to remind Americans of these laws !
    I may only be one of those low IQ Grunts you have read about lately but I do know where this is going:
    The United States of Israel
    And I don’t like it, I don’t think we are “The Golden Calf”
    for Israel to carve up.