Russian Ministry of Defense calls Israeli strikes against Iranian arms in Syria ‘provocative acts’
The Russian military says an Israeli airstrike targeting Iranian and Hezbollah weapons storages near Damascus, has endangered civilian flights.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Wednesday that six Israeli F-16 jets launched the “provocative” raid at the moment when two civilian airliners were preparing to land in Damascus and Beirut, creating a “direct threat” to the aircraft.
Konashenkov said the Syrian military didn’t fully engage its air defense assets to avoid accidentally hitting the passenger jets. He added that Syrian air traffic controllers redirected the Damascus-bound plane to the Russian air base in Hemeimeem.
Konashenkov said the Syrian air defense forces shot down 14 of the 16 precision-guided bombs dropped by the Israeli jets, while the remaining two hit a ‘Syrian’ military depot, injuring three Syrian soldiers.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry declined to comment.
Israeli fighter jets struck Iranian and Hezbollah bases and weapons storages near Damascus, Syrian state media reported Tuesday night.
On Tuesday morning, a Boeing 747 of Iranian airline Fars Air Qeshm, which is affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, took off from Tehran International Airport to Imam Khomeini International Airport.
At 5:30pm, the plane took off for Damascus International Airport where it landed shortly after 7:45 pm. The plane was apparently used to transport military equipment to the Syrian army and Hezbollah terror group. Apparently —not anymore.