According to an IDF statement, Israel has blamed the Syrian government for the downing of the Russian Il-20 military plane in Latakia province.
Tel Aviv stated that the government of Bashar Assad “whose military shot down the Russian plane,” is “fully responsible” for the incident. Israel also put the blame for the “unfortunate incident” on Iran and the Hezbollah group.
The Russian Il-20 aircraft, with 15 crew on board, took off after several missiles were fired from the Mediterranean Sea by Israeli gunships. At this time the Il-20 went off radar during an attack by four Israeli jets on Syria’s Latakia province late Monday.
Later on Tuesday the Russian Defense Ministry said that an Israeli raid on Syria triggered a chain of events that led to its plane being shot down by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile.
The Israeli warplanes approached at a low altitude and “created a dangerous situation for other aircraft and vessels in the region.” The Il-20 plane was in the area during the hostile Israeli operation.
“The Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air defense forces”.
As a consequence, the Il-20, which has radar cross-section much larger than the F-16, was shot down by an S-200 system missile,” the statement said, adding that the crew died as a result.
However, reports keep emerging that missiles from the French frigate struck the Russian plane in order to suck NATO into the Syrian War, now the USA and NATO ally Turkey have changed their stance on the bloody Syrian War.
RT.com / ABC Flash Point Military News 2018.