Russia has reportedly caused an incoming Israeli airstrike on Syria to fail, helping Syrian military forces shoot down an intruding drone of the Tel Aviv regime on a mission to pound targets in Damascus.
Russia flew several combat aircraft from the Hmeimim air base in Syria’s western coastal province of Latakia on Thursday night, a move that “resulted in the disruption of the Israeli attacks on the Syrian capital and its surroundings,” Russian aviation website Avia.Pro reported
Apparently, the Russian military also shared key information that allowed the Syrian air defenses to shoot down an Israeli drone that sought to attack the southeastern suburbs of Damascus.
“According to data, at least two combat aircraft took off from the Hmeimim air base at around 8 p.m. in the southeast direction, after which, under unknown circumstances, an Israeli drone that violated Syrian airspace was shot down and subsequently there was no attack on the suburbs of the Syrian capital,” said the website.
Syrian media said the drone was brought down down over the Aqraba, an area near the Damascus countryside of Jaramana.
This was the fourth time since late August that Russia was blocking an Israeli attack on Syrian targets, according to Avia.pro.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benajmin Netanyahu during a meeting in Sochi last week that Moscow would not allow Israel attack Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces because it would look like it is in collusion with Tel Aviv. This, he said, would undermine Moscow’s relations with its allies in the region.