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Israel uses civilian flight as shield to raid Damascus after Syrian troops liberate Saraqib

Press TV – February 7, 2020

An Israeli airstrike, carried out as Syria troops were liberating the terrorist-held town of Saraqib in northwestern Idlib province, has endangered a civilian flight carrying 172 passengers, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said Friday the civil Airbus-320 was heading to Damascus from the Iranian capital early Thursday when it was forced to divert its route as the Syrian capital’s air defenses were intercepting Israeli missiles.

The plane made an emergency landing in the Hmeymim air base in Syria’s western coastal province of Latakia.

“Only due to timely actions of the Damascus airport dispatchers and the efficient operation of the automated air traffic control system, the Airbus-320 managed to… successfully land at the closest alternative airfield,” Konashenkov said.

‘Israel using passenger jets as shields’

The spokesman stressed that Israel was well aware of civilian flights around Damascus and that such missions demonstrated the regime’s reckless disregard for human lives.

“The Israeli general staff’s use of passenger jets as a cover for its military operations or as a shield from Syrian missile system fire is becoming a typical trait of Israeli air force,” he said.

Russia had previously warned that Israeli airstrikes against Damascus were endangering civilian jets.

Lebanese officials have also stated that Israeli jets illegally conducting operations against Syria from the country’s airspace pose a danger to civilian aircraft in Lebanon.

In 2018, Syrian air defenses mistakenly shot down a Russian Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance plane after it was similarly used as a cover by Israeli warplanes, killing 15 people on board.

Syria: Saraqib fully liberated

The Israeli airstrikes took place as Syrian troops were entering the terrorist-controlled town of Saraqib, which lies at the crossroads of two key highways in the Idlib province, the last major terrorist bastion in Syria.

The town has currently been fully liberated by Syrian forces.

Damascus has highlighted that the Israeli airstrike on Thursday happened at the same time the Turkish military was deploying a military caravan in Idlib to “protect the terrorists” and halt the Syrian military advance in the province.

Damascus has slammed the operation as evidence of Tel Aviv and Ankara’s coordinated support for the terrorists.

Israel is known for conducting airstrikes against Damascus during major Syrian military advancements.

The reported joint Israeli-Turkish operations in Syria come as Ankara – which has also been a major backer for terrorists in Syria – has warned that it may resort to military action if Syria does not withdraw its troops battling terrorist forces in Idlib until the end of February.

The ongoing Syrian army offensive in Idlib was launched last August after terrorists failed to honor the Sochi de-escalation zone agreement brokered between Russian and Turkey in September 2018.

Large swathes of the province have since been liberated by Syrian troops.

Tehran offers mediation, stresses political resolution

Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi said Iran, as a main party to the Astana peace process, was ready to help solve disputes between Damascus and Ankara regarding the Idlib province.

“We have to guarantee that this crisis is solved politically while at the same time prohibiting terrorists from using this as an opportunity to fortify their positions, turn Idlib into a safe refuge and target more civilians,” he said.

“We have to be aware that the goal of protecting civilians doesn’t get replaced with protecting terrorists,” he added.

The UN envoy added that an Astana meeting, which is planned to be held in the near future in Tehran, provides an “indispensable opportunity” to resolve issues related to the Syria conflict.

The Astana peace process was launched by Iran, Turkey and Russia in 2017 and had a major role in reducing violence in the country by agreeing to de-escalation zones in the war-wracked country.

February 7, 2020 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, War Crimes | , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Perhaps all such flights should make a practice of carrying one Jew among the passengers, by way of insurance. The Zios don’t care about endangering the lives of hundreds of people as long as they’re only goyim, but a Jewish life is infinitely precious. Ask any rabbi.

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    Comment by traducteur | February 7, 2020 | Reply

  2. The sarcacism is wry. Add, perhaps, a paraphrase with a twist, “Israel will never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”

    Sometimes difficult not to be sarcastic, but cynicism is defeat. If history is written by the victors, it is not so forever. The actual expression which came out of Israel a few decades ago, is a lie, a lie Israel’s successors such as this so-called senior advisor Jared Kushner, may trot that expression out, but he will be placed in the history of this whole sorry story as another brutal member of a murderous enterprise, a fanatical clan of thieves bent on enrichment by way of war.

    But, cynicism carries an element of resignation that would please the Zionist enterprise. It shouldn’t be given anything by way of concession in this regard. Its military, its political, its rationals are successful. That can not be denied. How it did so can not be denied, either.

    As in this instance as reported here, as well as so many, many others, it’s barbaric. That country has been at war for some 70 years and it justifies its war making in the worst possible way. That is, by declaring God deems their actions. Of all reasons or conduct to war, religious fanaticism is the most motivating.

    How other countries which have signed on in partnership to it can do so, must be conceded as equating their commitment to be as barbaric. A gluttony, an avarice has thus buried their morality as well.

    What an awful country. What an awful lot it has brought to the middle east and beyond, into their own polity, into those countries which have been bought into its practices, its goals.

    How badly it will play out is demonstrated almost daily, and in this report and one after another and the whole of it combined. That future defies sarcasm.

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    Comment by michael | February 7, 2020 | Reply

  3. Israel always has a smirk. They don’t seem to understand. That’s okay. Also, Israel is nothing but lies. Liars.
    They should check their diapers. Their guns mean nothing. Fuck them.

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    Comment by tsisageya | February 7, 2020 | Reply

  4. Hey, ISRAEL, no one likes you. You’re disgusting. Go fuck yourself.

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    Comment by tsisageya | February 7, 2020 | Reply

  5. Fuck Israel.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by tsisageya | February 7, 2020 | Reply

  6. Arrogant, scofflaw, criminal, psychotic Zionist sons of bitches….

    Like

    Comment by roberthstiver | February 8, 2020 | Reply


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