Israel disputes that it used downed Russian plane as cover during strike

AFP , Tuesday 18 Sep 2018

Israel's military on Tuesday disputed Russia's assertion that it used one of its aircraft as cover while it carried out a strike in Syria, leading to it accidentally being shot down.

"During the strike against the target in Latakia, the Russian plane that was then hit was not within the area of the operation," a military statement said.

It added that "when the Syrian army launched the missiles that hit the Russian plane, (Israeli) jets were already within Israeli airspace."

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