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Satellite images show results of Israel’s strike in Syria

15 Russians were killed when Syria fired a missile at an Israeli plane and hit a Russian plane.

Satellite images emerged on Wednesday showing the results of Israel's strike in Syria carried out on Monday and, in the words of Vladimir Putin, led to the downing of a Russian jet in a "chain of tragic circumstances."

IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis said Tuesday that the IDF had struck a Syrian military facility from which systems to manufacture accurate and lethal weapons were about to be transferred from Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon.“These weapons were meant to attack Israel, and posed an intolerable threat against it,” he said.

Following the Israeli strike near Latakia, Syria fired missiles that hit a Russian IL-20 plane, killing all 15 airmen aboard. On Tuesday morning, Moscow accused Israel of using its plane as cover to carry out the strikes and said Israel warned of the operation only one minute beforehand.

This sparked the most serious crisis between Moscow and Jerusalem since Russia became militarily engaged in Syria three years ago, when a deconfliction mechanism was set up between the two countries to prevent any accidental mishaps in Syrian airspace. “As a result of the irresponsible actions of the Israeli military, 15 Russian service personnel perished,” the TASS news agency quoted Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov as saying. “This absolutely does not correspond to the spirit of Russian-Israeli partnership. We reserve the right to take commensurate measures in response.”

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