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Russian plane downed by Syrian gov't forces

Israeli air strike hits Syria at Golan frontier (Archive)

A Russian military plane was shot down late Monday night by Syrian anti-aircraft missiles following an attack by Israeli jets on targets in northwestern Syria.


While Russia blamed Israel for instigating the events that led to the downing of the plane, Israel expressed its sorrow but added that the Russian-backed regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible, along with Iran.


In a statement from the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces), "Israel holds the Assad regime, whose military shot down the Russian plane, fully responsible for this incident."


Israel also stated that it had communicated with Russia prior to its attacks, as per protocol, whereas the Syrian government forces fired without ensuring there were no Russian planes in the area.


Russia claimed that it had received notification only a minute before.


The Israeli attack targeted a Syrian military facility used to manufacture weapons to be sent to Hezbollah in Lebanon on behalf of Iran, according to Israel, which added that the Russian plane had not been in the airspace at the time of their attack, giving little reason for the Syrian forces to shoot it down afterwards.


Meanwhile, in response to the incident, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated that Russia would "reserve the right for further reciprocal steps."


However, in a strange turn of events, Russia is somewhat responsible for its own plane being fired upon, as the anti-aircraft system that downed the plane was sold to Syria by Russia, a US official told CNN.


Following the incident, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated on Tuesday that Russia would take extra precautions to protect its military and assets in Syria.