In Major Shift, Russian Forces Reportedly Open Fire on Israeli Pilots in Syria
- In Major Shift, Russian Forces Reportedly Open Fire on Israeli Pilots in Syria
by Emily Jones, https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews
JERUSALEM, Israel – Russian forces opened fire on Israeli fighter jets while they were allegedly carrying out airstrikes in Syria last week, Israel’s Channel 13 News reported on Monday.
According to the channel, the incident happened on Friday as Israeli pilots attacked Iranian-linked targets in southwestern Syria. Russian forces reportedly opened fire on the pilots using advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles.
Syrian state media said Israeli missiles targeted the town of Masyaf during the alleged airstrikes, killing five people – including a civilian – and injuring seven others. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitor, said the Israeli fighter jets hit weapons depots and sites belonging to Iranian militias during Friday’s airstrikes.
According to Channel 13, Russia fired at the Israeli jets as they were leaving the area and did not present a real threat to the pilots. If confirmed, this incident could mark a significant shift in Moscow’s attitude towards Jerusalem. Historically, Israel has had strong ties with Russia and coordinates with Moscow on airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria.