Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Russian military plane with 14 aboard ‘accidentally shot down by Syria’

Russian military plane with 14 aboard ‘accidentally shot down by Syria’

There has been no comment from the Israeli government about the night's attacks in Syria, which is standard policy regarding military action outside Israel.

"At the same time, the Russian radars fixed missile launches from the French frigate Auvergne, which was in that area", the Defense Ministry said.

Syrian media reported a missile attack on the coastal city of Latakia Monday evening.

Syrian official TV reported around 10.20 pm local time on Monday that the Institute of Technological Industries in Latakia was hit by missile strikes.

The Russian military plane disappeared as four Israeli fighter jets were attacking targets in the area, Moscow said.

Earlier in the day, Russian Federation and Turkeyreached an agreement over a partial demilitarization of the Idlib province, which is the last remaining stronghold of anti-government insurgency and al-Qaeda-linked terror groups in Syria. The French also denied involvement in the disappearance. The aircraft's SLAR (Side-Looking Airborne Radar) and the plane's satellite link allows the Russian military to monitor Syrian skies in real time.

United States officials told CNN and Reuters that Washington believed Syrian air defenses had accidentally shot down the Russian aircraft.

Israel is widely believed to have been behind a series of airstrikes mainly targeting Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria that have joined the country's war fighting alongside the government.

It said electricity was later fully restored to Latakia province, a stronghold of Syria's government, after a partial blackout caused by the attack.

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No further details were immediately available.

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

USA military officials believe Syrian forces accidentally shot down a Russian aircraft, according to a CNN report published on Monday.

Hotlines are in place for those countries to share operational information on their deployments, but diplomats and military planners say there is still a high risk of one state inadvertently striking another country's forces.

President Putin said the two leaders agreed to create a 15 to 20 kilometre wide demilitarised zone along the line of contact between rebels and regime troops by October 15.

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.

Russian Federation intervened in the Syrian conflict to buttress the Assad regime in 2015.

MOSCOW fears one of its aircraft has been shot down during a raid on northern Syria.

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