The Israeli Air Force’s tactic of hiding behind unarmed and civilian aircraft to try to prevent the Syrian military from staging an effective air defence has become all too common, Lieut. Gen. Valery Gorbenko, former commander of the Russian Air Force’s 4th Air and Air Defence Army, has said.

Earlier, in a statement regarding the Thursday morning missile strikes targeting military facilities in Damascus and Syria’s southwest, Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov provided new details about the attacks, confirming that they were carried out by four Israeli Air Force F-16s.

According to Konashenkov, at the time of the Israeli assault, a Cham Wings Airbus A320 with 172 passengers on board was on approach to land at the Damascus International Airport, and had to be diverted to prevent a possible accidental shootdown by Syrian air defences.

Konashenkov stressed that only the quick-thinking of air traffic controllers and the effective functioning of Syria’s automated air traffic control system ensured that the civilian aircraft was able to safely turn around and land at the nearest standby airport, which happened to be the Hmeymim Airbase in Latakia.

“The Israeli military has adopted the tactic of hiding behind unarmed aircraft, including civilian airliners,” Lt. Gen. Gorbenko lamented. “This tactic makes attacks against Syrian targets safe for the Israeli Air Force, since it severely restricts the actions of Syrian air defences afraid of shooting down a passenger plane by mistake. But the moral aspect of the use of such tactics is questionable,” he added.

According to Gorbenko, the fact that Israel chose to time its attack on Damascus with the approach of a passenger plane toward the Syrian capital was almost certainly not a coincidence. “It’s likely that the Israelis knew the timetable and schedule of regular flights in the region, and could have postponed the strikes” if they wanted to, he noted.

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The retired general, who served in the Soviet and Russian air forces for over 40 years, suggested that before Israel, no other country in the world could think of using the tactic of hiding behind unarmed aircraft. This was certainly not the case for Russia’s air force, he stressed, noting that such tactics are “absolutely unacceptable.”

Andrei Chuprigin, a senior lecturer at Russia’s Higher School of Economics and specialist on Middle East geopolitics, suggested that so long as Tel Aviv continues to carry out airstrikes against Syria, civilian flights to the country will remain at risk. According to the observer, the close call with the Cham Wings airliner could also be an indication that there are difficulties in coordination efforts between the Russian and Israeli militaries aimed at avoiding precisely these sorts of incidents.

“This is most likely connected to the internal situation inside Israel. [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is trying to win the next election, and his plans for victory include projecting a ‘tough’ foreign policy – against Iran, against Hezbollah, against Syria,” Chuprigin noted.

 

Source: Sputnik

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everyday is one day closer to wiping the zionist scum off the planet…..once and for all…..extermination is and will be the final solution…..

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May God curse the Zionist Evil Government and destroy the whole group for the sake of all humanity. Amen!

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

Of course, Israel knew it !! This was just a criminal message to Russia army. What is Russia going to do about it ? Will Russia continue to allow Israel to attack Syria whenever and wherever it wants ?

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

Of course Israel knew this (as the previous Russia plane downed by Syria missile lunch to an Israel plane hidden behind Russia plane IL-20), and maybe Israel tried to war Russia because of what is happening in Idlib…., but who is this little genocide nation to treat Russia in this way !! I means, what Israel has just done is mentally insane. Russia must stop Israel-Turkey in Syria and must to allow any further attack to Syria, that is my opinion.

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Netanyahu = scum !

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Hypocritical cowards,, do something about it.

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

Of course that Israel knew it !! Israel just wanted to send a treat message to Russia, related to Idlib. WOW ! This little pathetic nation making condition and treat to Russia.

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What a stupid thing to say

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Well, the point is that Russia is still the world leader when it comes to shooting down passenger airplanes, so Gorbenko surely knows what he’s talking about.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, What you mean exactly by that?

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Israel shot down a Libyan airlines plane B-727….USA shot down a Irani airbus…France shot down a caravelle …NATO shot down an Itavia DC-9…

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you tell em Rhodium 10

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if any country would use these tactics it would be Israel.

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What was your prove of accusing Russia? Why did Israeli Air force chose to hide behind civil aircraft before hitting targets? This shows how coward the IDF are with their keaders