Russian Il-20 aircraft mistakenly shot down by Syrian air defense

According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Russian Il-20 radio and electronic reconnaissance aircraft was shot down in the evening of September 17, 2018 by a Syrian anti-aircraft missile system S-200.
The Russian military aircraft IL-20 was shot down over the Mediterranean by air defense systems of Syria, according to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. On board the aircraft were 15 people, they all died.
According to the ministry, the IL-20 was shot down because of the actions of Israel, which the day before, on September 17, fired on the territory of Syria. Israel warned the Russian side about the planned rocket attack a minute before the attack, which is why the IL-20 was not brought to a safe zone.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, Israeli F-16 fighters “covered themselves with a Russian plane”, substituting it for the fire of Syrian air defense. Russia regards Israel’s actions as hostile and “reserves the right to adequate retaliatory actions.”
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The IL-20M1 aircraft of the VKS of Russia at the Khmeimim airbase, May 2016 (c) Victor Guseinov / www.kp.ru
The Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft was shot down over the Mediterranean by the Syrian air defense system C-200, Israeli planes thrashed it, Israeli Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said on September 18.
“Hiding behind the Russian plane, Israeli pilots set it under fire from Syria’s air defenses. As a result, the IL-20, which has an effective reflecting surface more than the F-16, was shot down by a C-200 missile,” he said.
According to him, on September 17 at about 10:00 pm four F-16s of the Israel Air Force launched a strike with guided air bombs on Syrian facilities in the area of ​​the city of Lattakia.
"Calling on the target was carried out at a low altitude from the Mediterranean Sea," said I. Konashenkov.
“Israeli planes deliberately created a dangerous situation for surface ships and aircraft located in the area. The bombing was carried out not far from the location of the French frigate“ Auvern ”(“ Auvergne ”) and in the immediate vicinity of the IL-20 aircraft of the Russian Aermed Flight Forces” - he said.
Earlier on the night of September 17-18, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the Russian IL-20 electronic reconnaissance aircraft had disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea. On board are 14 soldiers. The command of the airbase Khmeymim start a search and rescue operation.
Communication with the crew disappeared on September 17, at about 23:00, 35 km from the coast of Syria. The Ministry of Defense notes that this happened during the attack of Israeli F-16 fighters on targets in the Syrian province of Lattakia. RIA Novosti reports that the press service of the Israeli Defense Forces refused to comment on the statement by the Russian Ministry of Defense about the Israeli air raid on Syria.
“At the same time, Russian radar controls the airspace were recorded missile launches from the French frigate Auvergne in the area,” the Defense Ministry reported (quoted by TASS).
CNN, citing a source in the US government reported that a Russian plane was shot down by Syrian air defense forces while attempting to repel rocket attacks from Israel. Channel source confirms that behind the blow to Latakia is Israel. In turn, the official representative of the Pentagon said that the United States was not involved in the strikes against Syria.
On the eve of the Syrian air defense forces repulsed a rocket attack on objects in the port city of Latakia, next to which is the Russian air base Hmeimim. The Syrian media immediately blamed the attack on Israel. There is also a version that this is a joint strike by Israel and the forces of the western coalition (USA, France, Great Britain).
Russian aircraft electronic intelligence Il-20 was shot down by Syrian air defense forces while trying to repel rocket attacks from Israel, according to CNN, citing a source in the US government. Another source confirmed to the TV channel that Israel was behind the strikes on the Syrian province of Lattakia. A Reuters source also said that the plane was accidentally shot down by the Syrian side.
In turn, the official representative of the Pentagon said that the United States was not involved in the strikes against Syria. Who is behind them, he refused to talk.
Later, the representative of the French army said that Paris was not related to the rocket attack on Syria. “The French Armed Forces deny any involvement in this attack,” he said.

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