Syrian air defences intercept missiles fired at Latakia

Frederick Owens
September 18, 2018

Russia's military said Tuesday that one of its aircraft with 14 people on board has disappeared over Syria's Mediterranean Sea coast.

A French military source, however, denied any French involvement in disappearance of the Russian plane.

The incident on Monday reportedly occurred about 35km (22 miles) from the Syrian coast as the Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft was returning to Russia's Hmeimim airbase near the north-western city of Latakia.

In March this year, a Russian military transport plane crashed when coming in to land at the Hmeymim base, killing all 39 people on board.

The Syrian army said that Israel fired missiles from Lebanese airspace, adding that two people were killed in the attack and the facility was severely damaged, Hadashot reported early Tuesday.

The Israeli military refused to comment on claims they were behind the attack on Syria.

"The Syrian response was remarkably ineffective in all domains", US Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie said at the time.

The plane was over the Mediterranean Sea about 35 km from the Syrian coastline, Russia's TASS news agency quoted the ministry as saying in a statement.

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The Russian military plane disappeared as four Israeli fighter jets were attacking targets in the area, Moscow said.

Syrian official TV reported around 10.20 pm local time on Monday that the Institute of Technological Industries in Latakia was hit by missile strikes. The US is insisting that a Syrian government anti-aircraft battery was accidently responsible for bringing down the Russian Il-20.

The strikes followed a similar attack on Damascus International Airport late Saturday, which Syrian state media also blamed on Israel. The Observatory said at the time that the attacks were believed aimed at Iranian military posts.

A Russian plane was accidentally shot down by Syria as Israeli jets were attacking Assad regime targets in the war-torn country, Moscow has admitted.

U.S. military officials believe Syrian forces accidentally shot down a Russian aircraft, according to a CNN report published on Monday.

Syrian regime pauses Idlib ground offensive.

The zone will be established by October 15 and be 15-20 kilometres deep, with troops from Russian Federation and NATO-member Turkey conducting coordinated patrols, President Vladimir Putin said at the end of a more than three-hour meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi.

Russian Federation also announced it had lost contact with an IL-20 aircraft carrying 14 service members.

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