The Russian rear admiral revealed the tactic Israel used to “blind” the Syrian air defense system during the October 13 attack.
Earlier, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights accused Israel of air strikes on the city of Palmyra, central Syria, killing nine soldiers of the pro-government forces. Among them are 4 Syrians and the remaining 5 are of unknown nationality.
However, the Syrian news agency SANA (SANA) quoted a military source as saying that Israel hit the communication tower and other locations in the city of Palmyra, killing only one soldier and injuring three others.
The Times of Israel quoted Admiral Vadim Kulit, deputy director of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, as saying that Israel sent four F-16 fighter jets to carry out the attack.
According to Admiral Vadim Kulit, the Syrian army leadership did not use the air defense system to intercept Israeli aircraft because at that time, two civilian aircraft appeared in the attack area of the system.
This is not the first time Russia has accused Israel of using civilian aircraft to blind Syrian air defenses.
Three years ago, Moscow accused Israel of using Russian aircraft as a “shield” leading to the crash of a Russian spy plane, killing 15 crew members. Although Israel denies the allegation, the incident still entails a fierce dispute between Moscow and Tel Aviv.
As for Israel, it has not yet commented on the attack.