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Russian Military Plane Shot Down By Syria

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Russian Military Plane Shot Down By Syria

Russia has said Syria shot down one of its military planes – but has blamed Irael for the deaths of the 15 people on board.

Russia's defence ministry said Israeli jets put the Il-20 plane into the path of Syrian air defence systems on Monday after failing to give Moscow enough notice of a strike on Syrian targets.

"As a result of the irresponsible actions of the Israeli military, 15 Russian servicemen were killed, which is absolutely not in keeping with the spirit of Russian-Israeli partnership," said Russian Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, spokesperson for the Russian military, according to RIA-Novosti.

The aircraft disappeared off the radar about 23:00 local time (20:00 GMT).

In a rare gesture, the Israel Defence Force (IDF) has expressed "sorrow" over the deaths.

The IDF said it had followed well-established protocols in communicating with Moscow that are intended to prevent such incidents.

"Israel holds the Assad regime, whose military shot down the Russian plane, fully responsible for this incident," the IDF said in a statement, adding that Iran and Hezbollah were also accountable, according to CNN.

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