Al Assad blames Israelis for Russia plane downing
Plane was accidentally hit by Syrian anti-aircraft fire during an Israeli missile strike
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.
Damascus: President Bashar Al Assad on Wednesday blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian plane, that was hit by Syrian anti-aircraft fire during an Israeli missile strike accidentally.
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“We have been determined that such tragic events shall sway neither you nor us from continuing the fight terrorism,” he continued in the letter published by the state Sana agency.
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The Russian military has accused Israeli pilots of utilizing the Russian plane as a cover, “exposing it to fire from Syrian air defences”.
Israel said it had targeted a Syrian military facility where weapons manufacturing systems were “going to be transferred with respect to Iran” to Hezbollah.
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In recent months Israel has increased its attacks in Syria contrary to the regime or its ally Iran.