Russia: Syria downed half of Israel’s missiles

Russia is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and has been waging its own air campaign on his behalf since 2015.

10 May 2018 | 13:46

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 10 May 2018 | 13:46

This photo shows missiles rising into the sky as Israeli missiles hit air defense position and other military bases, in Damascus, Syria. May 10, 2018. (AP Photo)

The Russian military has said Israel fired more than 70 missiles at Iranian facilities in Syria and that Syrian air defenses shot down more than half of them.

Israel has said it struck dozens of Iranian targets overnight in response to a rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights. It was the biggest Israeli strike in Syria since the 1973 war.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that 28 Israeli F-15 and F-16 fighter jets launched about 60 air-to-surface missiles during the two-hour raid early Thursday. It says Israel also fired over 10 tactical surface-to-surface missiles.

Russia is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and has been waging its own air campaign on his behalf since 2015.



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