Syria: Iranian weapons warehouse completely destroyed by Israeli air strikes
ImageSat released satellite images of an Iranian weapons warehouse in Latakia completely destroyed by Israeli air strikes late Monday.
After a Russian military plane carrying 15 servicemen was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire trying to repel the Israeli strikes, the IDF issued a statement confirming they struck a Syrian military facility from which advanced weapons systems were about to be transferred on behalf of Iran to Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Israel was not responsible for the downing of a Russian military aircraft during a strike on Syria Monday night. “It looks like a chain of tragic circumstances because the Israeli plane didn’t shoot down our jet,” he said.
IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis addressed the downing of the Russian plane in Syria on Tuesday after Moscow accused Israel of a hostile provocation and threatened to respond.
“Israel expresses its regret over the death of the crew members of the Russian plane that was downed tonight due to Syrian anti-aircraft fire,” read the statement released by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.
“Israel holds the Assad regime, whose military shot down the Russian plane fully responsible for this incident. Israel also holds Iran and the Hezbollah terror organization accountable for this unfortunate incident.”
Manelis confirmed that the IDF attacked an arms shipment in a Syrian military facility, which was supposed to be transferred to Hezbollah and the Quds Force.
“These weapons were meant to attack Israel and posed an intolerable threat against it,” Manelis said.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Israeli F-16 jets carrying out air strikes used the Russian plane as a cover to approach their targets on the ground without being hit by Syrian anti-aircraft fire.
“The Syrian anti-aircraft batteries fired indiscriminately and from what we understand, did not bother to ensure that no Russian planes were in the air. The extensive and inaccurate Syrian anti-aircraft missile fire caused the Russian plane to be hit,” Manelis said.