from Sputnik International
The Russian Defence Ministry reported that the Russian Il-20 aircraft
went off radar near Hmeymim airbase in Syria. The plane carried 14
servicemen; their fate is unknown.
"On September 17, at about 11 p.m. Moscow time [20:00 GMT], the
communication with the crew of the Russian Il-20 aircraft was lost when
it was over the Mediterranean Sea, some 35 kilometers from the Syrian
coast, on its way back to Hmeymim airbase," the report said.
Latakia came under fire earlier today in a missile attack military
sources said come from the direction of the sea. The Russian Defense
Ministry in its statement about the missing plane identified four
Israeli F-16 airplanes as part of the attack on Latakia. Personnel
at Hmeymim airbase have organized a search and rescue operation.
Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson refused to comment on the plane
disappearance. After taking a break for a consultation with the command,
the spokesperson said that IDF doesn't comment on reports from abroad.
Earlier on Monday, Syrian media reported a missile attack on the Syrian
city of Latakia. A source told Sputnik that there were drones and
missiles involved in the attack. Another source from Syrian military
said that the missile attack on the coastal city was made from the sea...
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