There are conflicting reports on alleged clash between Russian and Israeli aircraft near Syria

Apr 22 2016 - 14 Comments

Did Russian forces in Syria fire on Israeli warplanes?

Several Israeli media outlets said that Russian forces in Syria have fired at least twice on Israeli military aircraft in the last weeks.

Although no specific dates or locations for the incidents were given, it looks like these close encounters occurred as Israeli Air Force jets hit Syria to prevent suspected arms handovers to Hezbollah.

According to Reuters, Israel’s Channel 10 TV said a Russian jet approached an Israeli warplane off the Mediterranean coast of Syria last week even though there was no contact between them.

Probably referring to the same episode, Debkafile reported of a “near clash” between four IAF F-15s and two Russian Su-30SMs on Apr. 20: flying over the Med, the Israeli jets approached Hmeymim airbase, near Latakia, in northwestern Syria, where the Russian Air Force contingent is headquartered, forcing the Russians to scramble two of their Sukhoi jets.

As of yet, the Kremlin has denied that Russian forces in Syria fired at Israeli military aircraft. It’s still not clear whether the “near clash” has occurred.

Image credit: Russian MoD

  • AlexisWolf

    Preventing Hezbollah from obtaining weapons is a useful pretext to support regime change extremists.

  • dumpster4

    There’s also this:

    Syrian warplane ‘shot down’ after flying over Isis-controlled territory:


    “Isis claimed the plane had been shot down, but did not take responsibility”


    Russia made no flights over warplane crash site in Syria: RIA:

  • sferrin

    If there had actually been a “clash” it would already be in the headlines.

  • Chillaxian

    Wonder if this will ever truly be clarified… shit like this can get out of control.

  • Viking_61

    I wonder if the media blackout is due to an Israeli loss.

  • Cocidius

    The Su-30SM is an excellent aircraft but if I was the Russians I’d be careful about taking on Israeli F-15’s.

    They have an outstanding track record dating back to the 70’s of killing Russian airplanes and they’re not to be trifled with.

  • antiz

    “Israeli Air Force jets hit Syria to prevent suspected arms handovers to Hezbollah”

    Yes, the Lebanese has the right to defend themselves too you know. It is not an exceptional jewish right for squatters in occupied Palestine.No. the Zionazi´s was bombing SAA to help their mercenaries in the area before, somehow the cowards dont do that now…..i think they got the message.

  • rats123

    Oh BS! The Russians did not fire on the Israelis. They are working together against the terrorists.

    This was most likely just an interception of Israeli fighters by the Russians. A few hellos and then see ya later.

    • disqus_STXkrV9NGc

      How are the Israelis and the Russians working together?

  • fight! fight!

  • vegass04 .

    Now this would be interesting. Imagine if we finally saw a clash between modern fighter jets from West and Russia, manned by trained pilots. Next time I want to see some Python 5 missiles flying.

    • Common

      Or, you know, not. While it is interesting, I’d rather not see a war break out.

    • carlos Batista

      And I want to see some Python 5 shooting down Sukhois

  • Mike

    Its only a matter of time and Putin will start WWIII. He been practicing the past year.