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Human shield tactics again? ‘Israeli jets’ striking Syria force TWO civilian planes to change course

RT | March 5, 2020

Two civilian airplanes bound for Qatar were reportedly used as cover by Israeli jets launching missiles from Lebanese airspace against targets near the Syrian cities of Homs and Quneitra.

Syrian air defenses engaged incoming missiles shortly after midnight local time on Thursday, both near Homs in central Syria and Quneitra in the south, on the armistice line with Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Following the attack, reports appeared that at least two flights – one passenger, one cargo – had to change course to avoid getting struck by air defense missiles.

The flights were tentatively identified as a Qatar cargo flight QR8294, bound for Doha from Basel, Switzerland. The other was QR419, a passenger plane that had taken off for Doha from Beirut, Lebanon and made a loop around Tripoli before continuing course south of Homs.

Israel regularly strikes targets within Syria claiming that it is bombing “Iranian” targets. When asked about it last month, PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he knew nothing, wouldn’t comment on military operations one way or another, and laughed it off as maybe the work of the “Belgian Air Force.”

This is not the first time Israeli jets bombing Syria have endangered civilian airplanes. Most recently, an Airbus A320 flying from Tehran to Damascus was forced to make an emergency landing in early February, after a near-miss during an Israeli strike on the Syrian capital.

The Russian Defense Ministry afterward described it as “commonplace” for Israeli Air Force pilots to use civilian aircraft as a “shield” in their operations.

Russia has had bitter experience with the tactic, notably when a RUAF scouting plane was shot down in September 2018 during an Israeli strike on Latakia, and all 14 people on board were killed. It was later revealed that Syrian air defenses had struck the plane because an Israeli F-16 was using it as a shield. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu later traveled to Moscow to offer an apology.

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2 Comments »

  1. “This is not the first time Israeli jets bombing Syria have endangered civilian airplanes. Most recently, an Airbus A320 flying from Tehran to Damascus was forced to make an emergency landing in early February, after a near-miss during an Israeli strike on the Syrian capital”.

    Iran is legitimately defending its ally Syria against “Rebels” who are armed to the teeth with American “Ordinance”(most likely carrying out the Pentagon’s promise to destroy “7 countries in 5 years”).
    And Israel says that Iran is a threat to World Peace……???
    It has become obvious over the past decade WHO the threat to World Peace is……..Israel, using their anaesthetised Donkey, the USA to do its dirty work.

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    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | March 4, 2020 | Reply

  2. It is just standard for Israel to employ human shields, the very thing they accuse Palestinian fighters of! They don’t think twice about such situations. They have no compunction putting plane loads of people at risk. Israel has disregarded international law and human rights norms for decades. It is nothing for these murderers to put innocent civilians at risk as they know that no state will seek satisfaction as long as the US protects the “Jewish State.”

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    Comment by ontogram | March 4, 2020 | Reply


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