BEIRUT – The Russian army on Wednesday criticized an alleged Israeli airstrike close to the Syrian capital, saying it has endangered civilian flights.
Russian Protection Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov mentioned Wednesday that six Israeli F-16 jets launched the “provocative” raid for the time being when two civilian airliners have been getting ready to land in Damascus and Beirut, making a “direct risk” to the plane.
Konashenkov mentioned the Syrian army did not absolutely have interaction its air protection property to keep away from by chance hitting the passenger jets. He added that Syrian air visitors controllers redirected the Damascus-bound aircraft to the Russian air base in Hemeimeem in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia.
Konashenkov mentioned the Syrian air protection forces shot down 14 of the 16 precision-guided bombs dropped by the Israeli jets, whereas the remaining two hit a Syrian army depot 7 kilometers (about 4.three miles) west of Damascus, injuring three Syrian troopers.
It wasn’t clear if the Syrian army used any of the superior S-300 air protection missile techniques that Russia delivered in October to beef up its air defenses. The transfer adopted the Sept. 17 downing of a Russian reconnaissance aircraft by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli air raid, an incident that strained beforehand heat ties between Russia and Israel.
Israel has carried out dozens of airstrikes in Syria, most of them believed to have been aimed toward Iranian arms shipments to the Hezbollah militant group. Each Iran and Hezbollah have been combating alongside the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly warned that he is not going to enable archenemy Iran to ascertain a everlasting army presence in postwar Syria.
Talking at a army ceremony Wednesday, Netanyahu didn’t instantly point out the alleged airstrike. However he repeated his place that he is not going to enable archenemy Iran to ascertain a everlasting army presence in Syria, and mentioned Israel’s air power has unmatched capabilities and might attain arenas “close to and much, very far.”
“We’re not ready to simply accept the Iranian army entrenchment in Syria, which is directed in opposition to us. We’ll act in opposition to it vigorously and constantly, together with in the course of the present interval,” he advised a commencement ceremony of recent air power pilots.
He mentioned President Donald Trump’s determination to tug U.S. forces out of Syria “is not going to change our coverage.”
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a warfare monitor, mentioned Tuesday’s Israeli strike focused three positions south of Damascus which can be arms depots for Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group and Iranian forces.