Syria intercepts missiles headed for Latakia: State media

Captain Or Naaman who commanded the team that shot down a Syrian plane in an interview broadcast

Captain Or Naaman who commanded the team that shot down a Syrian plane in an interview broadcast

The incident on Monday reportedly occurred about 35km (22 miles) from the Syrian coast as the Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft was returning to Russia's Hmeimim airbase near the north-western city of Latakia.

The fate of the 14 people on board the missing plane is unknown, and a rescue operation has been organised out of the Hmeymim base, the Russian defence ministry said.

The Syrian Arab Army claimed it was a coordinated attack between the Israeli Air Force and British and American ships at sea who fired a total of 28 Tomahawk cruise missiles. The Russian Defense Ministry did confirm the aircraft had gone missing in the early hours of September 18, 2018, local time in Syria, but did not say who or what might have been responsible for the crash.

Initial reports from Syrian regime sources state seven people have been injured after "powerful explosions" echoed through the city. The war monitoring group said it was not clear if the depot was for Iranian or Syrian forces.

But Russia's Ministry of Defence has also stated that its radar detected missile launches coming from the French frigate Auvergne at the same time four Israeli F-16s attacked Syrian targets.

CNN quoted the U.S. official as saying the Syrian army was actually trying to stop a barrage of Israeli missiles, and a second official confirmed that Israel was responsible for the missile strikes on the Syrian positions.

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The fate of those on board is still unclear, but a United States official told CNN that Syrian government forces had mistakenly shot down the Il-20 plane during the Israeli attack. The latest strikes came just 48-hours after a suspected Israel raid on a weapons depot near Damascus Airport.

The Observatory said at the time that the September 4 attacks were believed aimed at Iranian military posts.

This would entail a "withdrawal of all radical fighters" from Idlib including the Al Nusra Front and also the withdrawal of heavy weaponry including tanks, multiple launch rocket systems, President Putin said.

A French military source, however, denied any French involvement in disappearance of the Russian plane.

Erdogan, meanwhile, told the press conference in Sochi that the biggest threat to Turkish interests in Syria was the presence of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which serves as the main proxy ground force for the USA military in taking control of the country's strategically important oil fields in the eastern part of the country.

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