According to the American official, the Russian IL-20 recon aircraft with 14 militaries, which got lost earlier, was accidentally shot down by the air defense of Syrian governmental forces. In their turn, they sustained a missile strike conducted by Israel, as CNN reports.
“The US official said the regime was actually trying to stop a barrage of Israeli missiles. A second official confirmed that Israel was responsible for the missile strikes on the Syrian regime,” the message says.
The U.S. found out about the incident “because Syrian forces broadcast an emergency search and rescue radio call on an international frequency”.
“The US then got a direct message from another country about the type of aircraft and circumstances of the incident,” the news agency reads.
The official did not identify this country. Yet, it was noted that possibly Russia was the only country which knows which type of aircraft was shot down.
Earlier, several airstrikes were launched at Syrian port Lattakia. Russian Defence Ministry informed that IL-20 with 14 military servicemen got lost.