Putin explains how Russian jet was shot down off Syria

Putin explains how Russian jet was shot down off Syria

Putin explains how Russian jet was shot down off Syria

Meanwhile, U.S. officials expressed sorrow over the shootdown of the Russian plane and added that American forces were not involved in the incident.

Israel confirmed that it had targeted a Syrian military facility where weapons manufacturing systems were "about to be transferred on behalf of Iran" to Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah.

According to Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov, the Russian transport plane was shot down Monday night, local time, as Israel F-16's attempted to use it as cover while carrying out a bombing mission against targets in the Latakia region of western Syria near the Meditarranean coast.

Timely released satellite images have revealed the destruction left by IDF air strikes in Syria's Latakia after Israel was forced to make a rare admission to the raid which resulted in the downing of the Russian Il-20 recon plane.

Russian Federation has been a key backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad and it has two military bases in the country, including one close to the Mediterranean coast.

Israel dispatched its air force chief to brief Moscow about the incident on Thursday.

In recent months Israel has increased its attacks in Syria against the regime or its ally Iran.

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"By hiding behind the Russian plane, Israeli pilots put it in the line of fire", read a ministry statement.

"We will do whatever is necessary to safeguard the security of Israel's citizens. and we will not hold these discussions over the airwaves", he said.

Israeli air strikes that caused a brief military spat with Russian Federation late Monday completely destroyed an ammunition storage depot near the Syrian city of Latakia, new satellite images reveal.

The Israeli prime minister also stressed the importance of maintaining a "joint mechanism" with Russian Federation with a view to averting unintended military escalations in Syria. "We will do everything so as not to harm anyone we do not intend to, God forbid", Bennett told Army Radio in a separate interview.

Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas, who like their patron Iran have been helping Assad militarily in Syria, said Israeli strikes there would not prevent them getting advanced weaponry.

"No matter what you do to cut the route, the matter is over and the resistance possesses precision and non-precision rockets and weapons capabilities", Nasrallah said, addressing Israel in a broadcast speech.

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