Plane carrying 15 people shot down by Syrian missile: Russia

Anjana Raghav


Plane carrying 15 people shot down by Syrian missile: Russia

18 Sep 2018: Plane carrying 15 people shot down by Syrian missile: Russia

Russia's Defense Ministry said one of its reconnaissance aircraft with 15 people on board has been brought down by a Syrian surface-to-air missile over the Mediterranean Sea.

The Russian military said today that the plane was hit by accident by one of the missiles, which were aimed at four Israeli fighter jets that were attacking targets in the coastal province of Latakia late yesterday.

Search operation: Rescuers are searching for wreckage but don't expect survivors: Russia

Rescuers are searching for wreckage but don't expect survivors, Russia's Defense Ministry said.

It accused the Israeli army of "intentional provocation" and said Israel didn't warn Russia of its operation in the area until one minute before the strike.

Russia has been a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and it has two military bases, including one close to the Mediterranean coast.