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Syria plane with 172 passengers almost came under fire during Israeli attack

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — During the night of February 6 to 7, during an attack by Israel’s F-16 fighter jets on the outskirts of Damascus, an Airbus A320 carrying 172 passengers almost came under fire, according to the Russian Defense.

It was only through air traffic control that the plane managed to land, redirected to the Russian air base at Hmeimim.

Four Israeli F-16 fighters carried out a series of strikes against the outskirts of Damascus on the night of February 6 to 7, endangering the landing of an Airbus A320 with 172 passengers on board, the Russian ministry of defense. Air traffic control successfully redirected the aircraft out of the air strike area.

The aircraft finally landed on the Russian air base at Hmeimim.

Russian Defense Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said F-16 fighters from the Israeli Air and Space Force fired eight air-to-ground missiles without entering Syrian airspace.

“Israel’s use of civilian aircraft to cover Syrian air defense response strikes is becoming a defining feature of the Israeli air force,” said Igor Konashenkov.
He added that Syrian government troops used air defense systems to repel the attack on Israel.

The Russian Defense Spokesman also drew attention to the fact that regular passenger flights in Syria and around the world take place at known altitude levels and Israeli radar systems clearly see them.

“Israeli radars see the air situation in the Damascus airport area just as well,” he said.

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