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Russia blames Israel as Syrian government shot down Russian warplane killing 15 soldiers

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Editing: Hasan Borhan |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2018/09/18 09:12

Local and field news:

On Monday, pro-Syrian government media channels reported that aerial and missile attacks hit Syrian government locations near the city of Latakia.

On Tuesday, the Russian Ministry of Defense said that one if its warplanes disappeared from the radar screens over Syria at the same time as Israeli and French air forces attacked the Latakia governorate in Western Syria.

The United States and France denied participating in strikes on Syrian government locations in Syria, while Israel refused to comment on the incident.

Moreover, on Tuesday, the United States confirmed that Syrian government anti-aircraft shot down a Russian warplane over the Mediterranean off the Syrian coast.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said that Israel's "irresponsible actions" were to blame for killing 15 Russian soldiers onboard the warplane, as the Syrian government anti-aircraft shot down the warplane.

The Jaysh Maghaweer al-Thawra of the Free Syrian Army in the Rikban area (237 kilometers southeast of Homs) denied the intent to evacuate and dismantle the al-Tanf base on the Syrian-Jordanian border.

The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) seized a checkpoint of the al-Sham Brigade of the Free Syrian Army between the Afrin area, Northern Aleppo, and the Atma area, Northern Idlib. The HTS sent reinforcement to the area.

The local councils of the city of Soran and the village of Kafra issued decisions to prevent people from traveling to Syrian government-controlled areas, except in emergency cases.

The people of the Syrian government-controlled city of al-Safirah near Aleppo, Northern Syria, expressed their discontentment at suspending the rehabilitation of the sewage network in the city.

On Monday, Turkish border guards shot and killed a farmer in the Raas al-Ayn area, 73 kilometers west of al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria.

In Northeastern Syria, The Kurdish People's Protection Units arrested two men in the city of al-Tabqah, 55 kilometers west of al-Raqqa, accusing them of escaping mandatory conscription.

The Asayish security forces confiscated 50 motorcycles in the Amuda area, 67 kilometers north of al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria.

In Central Syria, people of the Northern Homs countryside, which the Syrian government forces recently seized, complained about the removal of fuel selling kiosks and makeshift shops by the Syrian government forces. The shops and kiosks were the only income for several families in the area.

The local council in the city of Kafr Zayta, 30 kilometers north of Hama, Central Syria, appealed to humanitarian organizations to help rebuild damaged schools after the Syrian government forces and Russia bombed the schools.

International and political news:

On Monday, The Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to establish a de-militarized zone in the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria.

The Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that a diplomatic solution averted war in Idlib.