Passenger jet carrying 172 passengers nearly shot down over Syria, Russia says

An Airbus A320 jet carrying 172 passengers was nearly shot down on its approach to the Syrian capital, Damascus, shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday after Syria fired antiaircraft missiles in response to an attack, according to a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Russian news agencies reported Friday.

Russia accused the Israeli air force of using the passenger plane as a shield from Syrian air defenses, mirroring an incident in 2018 in which Syrian air defenses accidentally shot down a Russian reconnaissance plane, killing 15 Russian servicemen.

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Source: The Washington Post