Defense
Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:2
UPDATED
Several Injured After US Fighter Jets Come Close to Iranian Passenger Plane over Syrian Airspace
TEHRAN (FNA)- Several passengers were injured after two hostile US army fighter jets came close to an Iranian passenger plane over the Syrian airspace, forcing the pilot to make a sudden change of direction and altitude to avoid a collision. [+VIDEOS, PHOTOS]

Initial reports said two Israeli fighter jets approached a Mahan Air Tehran-Beirut flight over the Syrian sky in a highly risky move and the captain of the Iranian passenger plane was forced to make a sudden change of direction and altitude, causing several injuries.

While Western and Israeli media, including Reuters and Jerusalem Post, said the hostile aircraft were Israeli planes, the Israeli army denied the reports.

Yet, the captain of Mahan Air Flight No. 1152 later said the pilots of the two hostile planes have identified themselves as US army pilots during a radio contact.

A video posted by a reporter of Iran's state-run TV who was aboard the plane showed an F-15 fighter jet from the window of the plane and comments from a passenger who had blood on his face.

In a later interview from Beirut, the reporter said three passengers have been wounded during "the US planes' intentional move".

Syrian state news agency, SANA, said the incident happened in the country's sky over the "Al-Tanf border-crossing with Iraq". The US has a main base at Al-Tanf border-crossing which is supported by Ein Al-Assad airbase around 120km into Western Iraq.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said Iran's Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht-Ravanchi has informed the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of the incident, and warned that "in case of any incident for this plane on the way back home, the Islamic Republic of Iran will take the United States reponsible".

"A similar message has been sent to the Swiss ambassador to Tehran," the spokesman added. The Swiss embassy hosts the US interests section in Iran in absence of formal diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Mahan Air told FNA later that several passengers have been wounded during the incident and have been taken to a hospital in Beirut and others have evacuated the plane sound and safe.

It said the passenger jetliner has refueled to fly back to Iran.

At 21:30 GMT, flight tacking websites showed that the plane has crossed Syria's Al-Tanf border crossing with Iraq - the scene of the incident - on the way back home. At 22:30 GMT, reports said the jetliner has entered Iranian sky.

The Israeli air force has caused similar incidents over the Syrian sky in the last two years.

In February, an Airbus A320 passenger plane flying from Tehran to Damascus International Airport was forced to have an emergency landing at Russia's Hmeimim air base near Latakia in Northwest Syria after coming under fire from Syrian air defenses during an Israeli airstrike on the Syrian capital.

In an official account of the incident, Russia accused the Israeli army of using the civilian flight carrying 172 passengers as a shield during its air strikes on targets in Syria on February 7.

"The recourse to civilian aircraft as cover or to block a riposte by Syrian forces during military air operations has become characteristic of the Israeli air force," Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement a day later.

Israeli radars have "a clear view of the situation in the skies around Damascus airport", Konashenkov said, accusing Israel of "making a total mockery of the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians".

Less than a month later, two civilian airplanes bound for Qatar were used as cover by Israeli fighter 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 March 5, both near Homs in Central Syria and Quneitra in the South, on the armistice line with the 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 its course South of Homs.

 

 

 

 

Bottom top
On 3rd Anniversary, Charlottesville Keeps Happening, All over America

TEHRAN (FNA)- On Aug. 11, 2017, hundreds of people descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, a bucolic college town that is home to the University of Virginia, a school established in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson after his presidency. After three years, Charlottesville keeps happening, all over America and Black people are still learning how to respond to white-supremacist provocations. [VIDEO]
Saudi Crisis: Yemeni Demonstrators Burn Tyres at Aden Water Shortage Protest

TEHRAN (FNA)- ​Protesters set fire to tyres as they gathered outside the headquarters of the local water supplier in Aden on Wednesday, as the port city grapples with water shortages. Since the current Saudi war began five years ago, Aden has been the nominal capital of the Saudi-backed government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, although he remains in Riyadh. [VIDEO]
Iran: Jameh Mosque of Varamin

TEHRAN (FNA)- Jameh Mosque of Varāmīn (Congregation mosque of Varamin, Friday mosque of Varamin or Grand mosque of Varamin) is the grand, congregational mosque (Jameh) of Varamin city, within the Tehran Province of Iran. This mosque is one of the oldest buildings of Varamin city. Its construction began during the reign of’ Sultan Mohammad Khodabaneh and was completed during his son’s rule Sultan Abu Sa'eed. This building consists of a Shabestan, portico, large brick dome, the structure beside Shabestan and ten small arches along with one large arch in the middle. [PHOTOS]
COVID-19: Shadow of Death on World in Age of Technology

TEHRAN (FNA)- People around the world adapt to a new normal of stockpiling, masks, temperature checkpoints and empty streets during the coronavirus pandemic. [PHOTOS]
Images of Argentina's Cemeteries as Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 5,000

TEHRAN (FNA)- Images of workers burying victims of COVID-19 at cemeteries in Buenos Aires as Argentina's death toll from the coronavirus tops 5,000. [VIDEO]
Southern Calif. Fire Threatens Hundreds of Homes

TEHRAN (FNA)- A wildfire erupted North of Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon, raging over thousands of acres and prompting evacuation orders for about 100 homes. More than 15 square miles had burned by Wednesday night. [VIDEO]
You Are Not Alone: Volunteers Start Rebuilding Beirut

TEHRAN (FNA)- Last week, the powerful explosion shook the Lebanese capital and its environs after 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse caught fire. The shockwave flattened nearby buildings and caused extensive material damage in Beirut, leaving hundreds of thousands of residents homeless. [PHOTOS]
Oil Spill Devastates Mauritius after Japanese Tanker Runs Aground

TEHRAN (FNA)- The MV Wakashio struck a coral reef on Mauritius' Southeast coast two weeks ago and began leaking oil across the Indian Ocean island's most pristine beaches, raising fears of a major ecological crisis. [PHOTOS]
Iran: 33-Day War Symbol of People’s Power

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry in a statement described Lebanon’s victory in its 33-day war against the Israeli aggressors in 2006 as a sign of the Lebanese people's strength and resistance.
Iranian Speaker's Aide: UAE to Be Engulfed in Zionist Regime's Fire

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Advisor for International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian slammed the establishment of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, and said that the UAE will be caught in the "Zionist regime's fire".
UK Adds France to COVID-19 14-Day Quarantine List

TEHRAN (FNA)- Hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers’ plans have been plunged into chaos after the government confirmed that France would be removed from the UK’s travel corridor list following a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Zarif Describes UAE Agreement with Israel As Act of Betrayal

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the recent agreement between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv as a stab in the back of the regional countries, including Lebanon.
Iran’s FM: Lebanese Nation, Gov’t to Determine Own Fate

TEHRAN (FNA)- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Lebanese people and government are the only ones to decide about their own future, and criticized certain governments which wait for political changes in the country to offer assistance.
Palestinian Leadership: Israel-Emirates Deal Is A Betrayal of Jerusalem

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Palestinian leadership declared on Thursday its rejection in toto of the US-brokered Israeli-Emirati deal on establishing full normalization of relations between the Israeli occupation and the United Arab Emirates, describing the deal as an aggression on the Palestinian people.
Millions in US Face Losing Water Supply as Coronavirus Moratoriums End

TEHRAN (FNA)- Millions of families in America risk losing running water over unpaid bills as moratoriums on shutoffs expire across the country despite record levels of unemployment and mounting fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic.