World
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:33
Russian MoD: Israeli Airstrikes on Damascus Suburbs Put at Risk Civilian Flight with 172 Passengers on Board
TEHRAN (FNA)- Israeli strikes on Damascus suburbs put a civilian aircraft in serious danger and forced it to divert to Russia’s Khmeimim airbase as the Syrian air defense was activated to repel the attack, the Russian military announced.

An Airbus A320 flying from Tehran to the Syrian capital was forced to make an emergency landing following an Israeli missile attack, the Russian Defense Ministry said, according to RT.

It added that using civilian aircraft as a “shield” is “commonplace” for Israeli Air Force pilots.

The aircraft was about to land at Damascus International Airport, but was unable do so as the Syrian air defense systems engaged the hostile targets. The jet could have found itself in the crossfire if it weren’t for the Damascus air traffic control, whose “timely actions” averted a possible disaster.

The A320 was landed “at the closest alternative airfield”, the defense ministry stated, noting that the surprise attack took place around 2 am local time, with four Israeli F-16s firing at least eight air-to-surface missiles from outside of Syrian airspace.

Tel Aviv is perfectly aware of civilian flight routes and air activity around Damascus, day and night, and such reckless missions prove that Israeli strategists could not care less about possible civilian casualties, Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov stated.

This is not the first time Israeli fighter jets have endangered civilian aircraft. Moscow criticized Tel Aviv for putting two passenger flights landing at Beirut and Damascus airports in danger during an air raid in 2018.

Israel has flown hundreds of similar bombing raids on Syria throughout the country’s war, claiming to be hitting “legitimate Iranian targets”.

In another incident in 2018, Syria’s air defenses shot down a Russian IL-20 military craft after Israeli F-16 pilots used it as cover. The deadly shootdown, which killed the plane’s 15-man crew, prompted Moscow to furnish the country with its S-300 missile defense system.

Another tragic incident in the Middle East involving a civilian airliner occurred in early January, when Tehran accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner on the heels of its own missile strikes on US military bases in Iraq, which came in retaliation for the assassination of Iran’s elite Qods Force Commander, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani. All 176 people on board died. Tehran quickly came clean about the incident and apologized, admitting it made a mistake in a time of crisis, fearing an imminent counter-attack from US warplanes.

 

 

 

 

 

Bottom top
Bulgaria Rocked by Protests Amid Coronavirus Fears

TEHRAN (FNA)- Thousands of Bulgarians gather for a fifth day to protest against corruption and demand the resignation of the conservative government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. [VIDEO]
Blow to Navy’s Designs in Indo-Pacific: 1,000-Degree Blaze Continues to Rage Aboard Navy Ship in US

TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 400 sailors are working to put out the massive fire that continues to rage aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego and Navy officials are unclear how long the blaze might continue to burn. The amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard, which burned through the night while in port in San Diego, was at the tail end of two years of upgrades supporting the integration of the F-35B, according to Navy documents. That means the Navy will now have fewer options to deploy the next-generation fighter in the Pacific. [PHOTOS]
Guatemala: Armed Civilian Groups Patrol Streets to Enforce COVID-Containment Measures

TEHRAN (FNA)- Groups of armed civilians patrol the streets of San Vicente Pacaya, in Southern Guatemala, where they say they are seeking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by enforcing curfews and sanitation measures. [PHOTOS]
US: Protester Exchanges Heated Words with Police after Shoving at Portland BLM Demo

TEHRAN (FNA)- A protester exchanged heated words with police after being shoved repeatedly by officers at a 'Black Lives Matters' protest in Portland on Saturday evening. [VIDEO]
Vandal Dumps Red Paint on Black Lives Matter Mural in Front of Trump Tower

TEHRAN (FNA)- A man was recorded throwing red paint onto the Black Lives Matter mural that was recently painted on the street in front Trump Tower. In brief footage of the incident captured early Monday, the man, whose face was covered, can be seen dumping a can of red paint over part of the mural, days after it was completed. [VIDEO]
GRAPHIC: Deadly Taliban Attack on Intel Agency Compound in Afghanistan

TEHRAN (FNA)- At least 11 people were killed and 63 others injured after a car bombing and subsequent gun fight at an intelligence agency compound in Aybak, in Northern Afghanistan's Samangan province. [VIDEO]
Under Shadow of Pentagon Silence: Fire on US Navy Ship Rages for Second Day

TEHRAN (FNA)- The USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship docked in San Diego, has been engulfed in flames for two days as authorities scramble to contain the fire. At least 59 people have been injured in the blaze. [PHOTOS]
Residents Evacuate as Embankment of River Breached in China

TEHRAN (FNA)- Rescuers are on the way to transfer trapped people in Sanjiao Township in Yongxiu County, East China's Jiangxi province. The embankment of a river in Yongxiu County was breached Sunday night following continuous torrential rains, forcing local residents to evacuate. [PHOTOS]
Modern Ignorance of Saudis in Yemen

TEHRAN (FNA)- Ansarullah popular forces and army are still defending Yemen against the Saudi-led coalition forces' continued invasion as power balance has been shifting in Ansarullah resistance fighters in the last few years.
Israel: Gas Tanker Caught Fire in Haifa

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tuesday morning in Haifa, Israel, a gasoline tanker caught fire. The tanker was carrying 20 tons of liquefied petroleum gasoline. [VIDEO]
IRGC Quds Force Commander Warns of Hard Days for US, Israel

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Brigadier General Esmayeel Qa’ani denied Iran's involvement in the fire and blast on the US warship in San Diego, but meantime warned that Washington and Tel Aviv should wait for hard days ahead.
Restrictions Return to Tehran Again over Coronavirus Fears

TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Commander of Tehran Police for Supervision of Commercial Places Colonel Nader Moradi announced the return of certain restrictions on a number of businesses and public places in the capital city due to a surge in the number of coronavirus-infected patients.
US Sends More Military Equipment to Northeastern Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US army has deployed new military and logistical equipment in Hasaka city in Northeastern Syria, local sources said.
DM: US Not Able to Extend Arms Embargos against Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami expressed confidence about Washington’s failure in extending the arms embbargos against his country.
Labour Warns Town Centres Across England May Never Recover from COVID-19 Crisis

TEHRAN (FNA)- Town centres across England may never recover from the coronavirus crisis, with a £10bln-plus black hole in council finances meaning the closure of libraries, swimming pools, museums and galleries and a sharp reduction in support for economic development, Labour warned.