Syria Shoots at Airline Again
By Micah Halpern
Friday February 14, 2020
Syrian anti-air batteries shot and missed a civilian Airbus A320 with 170 people on board. The plane was fired upon while making its final approach into Damascus when it was targeted.
This flight, which shuttles between Najif, Iraq and Damascus, made an emergency landing at a Russian airbase in Syria.
Just last month, in mid-January, a civilian airliner was on its way to Canada and was also shot upon by the Syrian air defense system.
There are several issues at play here. One glaring issue is that the Syrians are aiming at - and missing, huge lumbering airliners after shooting at them multiple times. Another major issue is that the Syrian Air Force cannot differentiate between a civilian Airbus and a military F-15.
That is ineptitude at its best.
The Russians are blaming Israel for Syria’s actions, just as they did in September of 2018, when Syrian anti-air batteries shot and hit a Russian plane. That time, they did not miss and Syria’s error resulted in the killing of all fifteen people on board.
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