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Russian plane disappears from radars during Israeli attack on Syria’s Latakia - MoD

Russian plane disappears from radars during Israeli attack on Syria’s Latakia - MoD”

Russia's Defense Ministry has said that one of its military aircraft "disappeared" over the Mediterranean during an Israeli air attack on Syria.

A French military source, however, denied any French involvement in disappearance of the Russian plane.

A Russian military Il-20 plane carrying 14 service members disappeared from radars on Monday night as four Israeli jet fighters were attacking state institutions in Syria's Latakia.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which initially reported the explosions, also reported 10 wounded, saying all of them were soldiers and some were in critical condition. Another source from Syrian military said that the missile attack on Latakia was made from the sea.

On Saturday an Israeli missile attack targeted Syria's capital airport, SANA said, activating air defenses which shot down a number of the projectiles.

The plane was over the Mediterranean Sea about 35 kilometres from the Syrian coastline, Russia's TASS news agency quoted the ministry as saying in a statement.

The ministry specified that "the mark of IL-20 went off the radars disappeared during the attack of four Israeli F-16 aircraft on Syrian targets in the province of Latakia".

The Russian defence ministry also said that rockets had been launched from the French Navy's frigate, The Auvergne, which was in the area at the time.

Erdogan, meanwhile, told the press conference in Sochi that the biggest threat to Turkish interests in Syria was the presence of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which serves as the main proxy ground force for the USA military in taking control of the country's strategically important oil fields in the eastern part of the country.

Syrian anti-aircraft artillery reportedly responded to a number of Israeli missiles that were launched towards the coastal city of Latakia when it accidentally shot the Russian maritime patrol aircraft, according to a U.S. military official cited in the report.

Russia's military operation in Syria, which began in late 2015, has turned the tide of the conflict in favour of Moscow's ally, Syrian regime leader Bashar al-Assad, in his fight against rebels and opposition forces. It was unclear if Syrian government or Iranian forces were at the facility.

The attack on Latakia comes just two days after Israel launched airstrikes on the Damascus International Airport, destroying hangers that reportedly contained weapons, as well as, according to some accounts, an Iranian Boeing cargo plane.



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