Israeli airstrikes on Syria threatened 2 civilian flights landing in Beirut & Damascus – Russia

Russia’s Defense Ministry has said Israeli airstrikes targeted Syrian targets as two civilian flights were landing in Beirut and Damascus, putting passengers at risk.

Six Israeli F-16 fighter jets directly threatened to two civil planes during a recent airstrike on Syria, Gen. Maj. Igor Konashenkov, the spokesman of the Russian Defence Ministry, said on Wednesday.

According to Konashenkov, the Israeli airstrikes was being conducted while the two civil aircraft were landing at the airports of Beirut and Damascus. He specified that the two passenger planes did not belong to Russian air carriers.

“Provocative actions of the Israeli Air Force on the evening of 25 December, when six F-16 aircraft launched an airstrike on the territory of Syria from the airspace of neighbouring Lebanon, created a direct threat to two passenger aircraft”, the spokesman said.

The Israeli Air Force used as many as 16 US-made laser-guided GBU-39 bombs, but only two of them reached their targets. Most were intercepted by Syria’s air defenses, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

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