Russia Says Israel Again Used Civilian Airliners as Cover in Air Attack on Syria


A Russian general on Thursday said that Syrian air defenses did not engage Israeli jets that reportedly carried out a strike in central Syria because there were two civilian airliners in the air at the time.

A Britain-based war monitor said the alleged Israeli airstrike in central Syria killed nine pro-government fighters, four of them Syrians and five of undetermined nationality.

Russian Rear Admiral Vadim Kulit told the Sputnik news site that the strike was carried out by four Israeli F-16 jets.

“The Syrian military leadership decided not to use air defense systems since at the time of the Israeli aviation attack, two civilian passenger aircraft were in the zone of destruction of the anti-aircraft systems,” Kulit said.

Russia has repeatedly accused Israel of using civilian aircraft as a “shield” against Syrian air defenses, amid lingering anger over a case in 2018, when the Syrian military shot down a Russian spy plane while responding to an Israeli strike over Syrian airspace.

Russia later declared that Israel was responsible for that incident, in which 15 crew members were killed, saying the Israel Air Force jets used the Russian plane as cover.

In that case, the Israeli military flatly denied the allegation that IDF jets had used the spy plane as shield, and defense analysts also cast doubts on the feasibility of such a maneuver.

The Syrian state news agency SANA had earlier quoted a military source as saying that the late Wednesday attack near the city of Palmyra had killed a soldier and wounded three others.

“At around 11:34 p.m., the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial aggression… on the area of Palmyra, targeting a communication tower and several positions in its vicinity,” the source told SANA.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition-linked group with unclear funding, said that the attack targeted several Iranian positions, among them the communication tower, near the T4 airbase east of Palmyra. The Britain-based Observatory has at times been accused of inflating casualty numbers.

It reported that the attack killed four Syrians fighting with pro-Iran groups backing the Damascus government, including one Syrian army soldier, as well as five others whose nationality was not immediately clear.

Neither Israel nor the United States has acknowledged conducting the attack. Israel, as a rule, does not comment on specific strikes it allegedly carries out in Syria, but does generally acknowledge that it conducts operations against Iran-linked groups in the country in order to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons and to prevent attacks against Israel from Syria.

Last week, an Israeli missile strike on the same airbase killed two pro-Iran foreign fighters, the Observatory claimed.

SANA said six soldiers were wounded in that attack.

Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Israel has routinely carried out airstrikes inside Syria, mostly targeting Syrian government troops, as well as allied Iranian and Lebanese forces.

Source: The Times of Israel

  1. ken says

    So I guess if the US wanted to attack Russia it should do so at night when some airliners are floating around. Doubtful eh?

    No,,, they are probably talking about engaging the missiles launched by the Israeli jets,,, not the jets carrying out the attacks.

    The only way to stop these attacks is to give notice that any attacking aircraft will be shot down regardless of whose airspace they are in.

    But this would require intestinal fortitude so instead Syrians are sacrificed.

  2. nnn says

    Putin is an Israeli lackey

    1. Jerry Hood says

      Rus.Putin is jew,33rd satanic mason! Russians, get rid of that bastard!!!

  3. Raptar Driver says

    And again the Russian government will do nothing about this.

    1. Eddy says

      Was Russia attacked ???? Why should Russia respond, it is an Syrian issue and response needs to come from Syria.

      1. XSFRGR says

        Your knowledge of the situation in the Syrian theater is abysmal. Russia should respond because Russia will not allow Syria to respond.

  4. Jerry Hood says

    Thanks to satanic jew lover,Rus.Putin! If I was Russoan top commander, Iskrahell would already burn in the hell, long time ago! No one zionazi would survive!!!

    1. Eddy says

      IF you were anything as you claimed, we’d all be cinders already.

      1. XSFRGR says

        Obviously you are a Jew because only a Jew lives in perpetual fear.

  5. Steve Ginn says

    Typical behaviour from those zionist hypocrite cowards!!

    Always lying about the Palestinians using children, who the zionazis routinely shoot and kill, as “human shields” but they do the same thing by using the passengers in commercial airliners to shield them when they are committing acts of war against Syria!!

    And then those malevolent pieces of pig meat claim that they are always the victims!!

    1. Séamus says

      Not being the brightest stars in the sky, the Jews keep angering all their neighbours… day soon, revenge will come swift and fast and the parasite will be removed ,forever, from Palestinian land, the scourge of the ME ewill be gone!

  6. Malatok says

    The juice screams out in pain when it slits your throat. The welfare warfare abomination in apartheid, occupied Palestine needs to be exterminated and the khazars snet back to Ukropland that spawned them.

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