IDF delegation heads to Moscow after downing of Russian plane by Syrian anti-aircraft fire
Tomorrow morning, an IDF delegation led by the Commander of the IAF, Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin, will depart to Moscow following the downing of the Russian plane by Syrian anti-aircraft fire on Monday night.
The Commander of the IAF and the delegation will present the situation report of the event regarding all aspects, including the pre-mission information and the findings of the IDF inquiry regarding the event.
In addition, they will present the continuous Iranian attempts to transfer strategic weapons to the Hezbollah terror organization and to establish an Iranian military presence in Syria.
The Commander of the IAF will be joined by the Head of the International Cooperation Unit, Brig. Gen. Erez Maisel, as well as additional officers of the Intelligence Directorate, the IAF and the Operations Directorate.
ImageSat released satellite images of an Iranian weapons warehouse in Latakia completely destroyed by Israeli air strikes late Monday.
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.