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Russia accuses Israel of using civil aviation as a shield

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — A 172-passenger aircraft has been forced to make an emergency landing to avoid a collision between the Israeli and Israeli air strikes.

Russia has accused Israel of regularly endangering the lives of innocent civilians to protect itself from Syrian army counterattacks.

One such incident Thursday morning almost risked the crash of a plane with 172 civilians on board.

The “Airbus” type aircraft flying from the Iranian capital to Damascus was forced to make emergency landing at a Russian base in Syria after being mistakenly targeted as an enemy target by the Syrian army.

According to the Russian interior ministry, Syrian forces at the time were responding to Israeli air fires that would have left more than 20 fighters dead in the country just hours before.

“The use of civilian aircraft as a shield to block Syrian forces’ counterattacks is becoming a feature of the Israeli military headquarters. But unfortunately, such operations are also playing with the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Israeli air force F-16s are reported to have previously fired several air-to-ground missiles, which were intercepted by the country’s defense systems.

Israel has unofficially launched repeated attacks on Syria since 2013 to repel pro-Iranian militants and Hezbollah militant reinforcement in the country.

Meanwhile, the incident with the civilian plane the day before recalled a similar attack that killed 176 passengers of a Ukrainian plane in Tehran a month ago, mistakenly shot by Iran in the wake of tensions with the United States.

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