Russian Su-35 Fighter Jets Scrambled To Intercept Alleged Israeli Attack Over Syria

Russian Su-35 Fighter Jets Scrambled To Intercept Alleged Israeli Attack Over Syria
Su-35 jet performs during MAKS-2009 in Zhukovsky, Russia, 2009 © AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev

According to Russian media reports Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets were scrambled from Russia’s Khmeimim airbase in northern Syria to intercept an alleged Israeli attack near the Tiyas Military Airbase, also known as the T-4 Airbase.

The reports claim that “Israeli fighters had to flee from the Russian Su-35” and at the same time that “Iran delivered unknown air defense systems to Syria.”

“At the moment, the details of the emergency in the sky over Syria have not been announced; however, according to the Twitter account of the Syrian Military Capabilities, the incident turned out to be very serious.

Moreover, it is noteworthy that earlier in southern Syria it has been repeatedly mentioned that Israeli warplanes were present and Russian combat aircraft were sent to intercept them,” Avia. Pro pointed out.

It should be clarified that a number of sources report that two Su-35 fighters took off from the Hmeimim Airbase (var. Khmeimim) shortly before the alleged interception of the Israeli warplanes.

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it has no comment on the reports.

Nevertheless, airstrikes conducted over the weekend by unidentified warplanes killed five pro-Iran fighters in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor near the Iraqi border, a Britain-based war monitor said on Sunday.

The T-4 base is a well-known transit point for Iranian weapons and has Russian personnel stationed there. Israel has been accused of striking the area in the past.

In May 2018, Ynet said that Israel carried out an airstrike to destroy an Iranian 3rd Khordad Air Defense system at T-4.  Syria claimed more airstrikes hit the area in June and July of this year and September last year.

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