A Russian plane recently penetrated Israeli air space from Syria

A Russian warplane recently entered Israeli-controlled airspace from Syria but the intrusion was resolved without incident, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Sunday. "There was a slight intrusion a mile (1.6 kilometres) deep by a Russian plane from Syria into our airspace, but it was immediately resolved and the Russian plane returned towards Syria," Yaalon told public radio. "It was apparently an error by the pilot who was flying near the Golan" – but he did not say what type of plane or when the incident occurred.
DEBKAfile’s military sources: The intrusion per se was of less concern to Israel than the fact that Russian warplanes are attacking southern Syrian areas controlled by 25,000 rebels belonging to groups backed by the US, Jordan and Israel. If they are dispersed by Russian air strikes, territory abutting the Israeli border will be seized by Syrian army, Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hizballah forces. Ya’alon’s soothing tone on the incident was matched by a comment by his political adviser Amos Gilead that although Russia is supply arms to Iran and Hizballah, Israel must work in coordination with Russia in Syria to avoid clashes. Last week, Turkey downed a Russian warplane claiming it infringed Turkish airspace which Moscow denied.

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