Assad air defense nearly hit passenger plane near Damascus
Date: 2020-02-07 09:53
An Airbus A320 with 172 passengers on board made an emergency landing in Russia-controlled Hmeimim air base after the Assad air defense nearly hit it, Russian state news agency RIA said on Friday (February 7) citing Russian defense ministry spokesman.
The Airbus-320 was en route from the Iranian capital Tehran to Damascus when it narrowly missed a strike by Syrian air defense system, Russia's TASS news agency reported citing Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.
The Assad air defense was trying to repulse an Israeli attack near Damascus, RIA said.
According to the spokesman, after 2 a.m., four Israeli F-16 fighter jets struck eight air-to-ground missiles in the suburbs of Damascus without entering Syrian airspace, RIA reported.
Another Assad missile that tried to intercept Israeli rockets fell in the industrial area in al-Tall is a city in Damascus countryside, destroying several cars and shops, according to sawt al-Asima Facebook page.
On Thursday, Assad regime’s air defenses opened fire on missiles fired from Israel.
The missile attack targeted pro- Iranian regime’s positions and regime’s military positions in and around Damascus.
Several pro-Iranian militiamen were reportedly killed in the Israeli air strikes against several targets in Damascus.
At least three Iranian positions near Damascus and west of the capital were targeted. Assad regime’s official SANA news agency said that the Israeli strikes came in two waves and hit the al-Kiswah area as well as Marj al-Sultan and Jisr Baghdad.
In September 2018, Assad antiaircraft fire downed a Russian military plane after an Israeli attack on Syrian positions, killing 15 people on board.
Israel has launched hundreds of missiles towards Syria in recent years, targeting Iranian-backed militias as well as supplies sent by Hezbollah to support Assad militias.
In January 2020, Iranian regime mistakenly shot down Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737, killing all 176 people on board.