MOSCOW, Russia – Israel carried out the airstrike on Syria as civilian planes landed at Damascus and Beirut airport, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
According to the ministry, among the civilian aircraft that were put at risk due to the Israeli attack, there were no planes of the Russian aviation companies.
“The Israeli Air Force attack was carried out at a time when non-Russian commercial airplanes were landing at Beirut [Lebanon] and Damascus [Syria] airports,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov .
“The Israeli Air Force provocations on the night of December 25 when six F-16 fighters carried out an air strike against Syria from neighboring Lebanon’s airspace created a direct threat to two passenger planes,” the Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman said.
According to Konashenkov, Israel used in the attack 16 GBU-39 guided aerial bombs, 14 of which were intercepted by the Syrian anti-aircraft defense.
The Syrian state agency SANA reported earlier that on the night of December 25, the IDF carried out a missile attack on the outskirts of Damascus, with most of the missiles being intercepted by the Syrian air defense. The attack lasted for more than an hour and a half.
The attack by the Zionist Entity comes as Damascus was celebrating its first Christmas since 2011 that was terrorist-free. Despite this provocation, many Christians, particularly the Evangelicals, have been silent on the Israeli attack that was conducted on a Holy Day.
Israel has made it clear that it will continue its aggression against the Arab country despite US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will be withdrawing his country’s soldiers from Syria. This is because Syria poses as the only legitimate Arab threat to the survival of the Zionist Entity, especially as it has powerful allies, particularly the Lebanese Shi’ite resistance group and the Islamic Republic of Iran, however it is unlikely that they will ever defeat this coalition.