Syria has warned to shoot down any aircraft that violates Syrian airspace

DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Syrian Air Defense Forces have issued a warning that they will shoot down any air assets that violate the state’s air borders, Sana reported on Saturday, February 22, citing its own source, learned

“Any aircraft that violates Syrian airspace will be regarded as an enemy combat target that is not allowed to be in our sky. It will be prosecuted immediately after detection and destroyed immediately after the violation of our airspace,” the statement said.

According to the agency, the air defense forces were ordered to confront “external aggression” by all available means.

Earlier on February 21, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian leader Vladimir Putin over the phone discussed the situation in Idlib. In a conversation, Putin expressed serious concern over the aggressive actions of extremist groups. Politicians also agreed on bilateral interagency consultations on Idlib.

On February 20, the Syrian army began to repel an attack by pro-Turkish militants near the village of Neyrab in Idlib province. The Turkish Defense Ministry reported that as a result of the actions of the Turkish armed forces killed more than 50 troops of the Syrian army. In turn, Russian and Syrian forces retaliated against the bursting pro-Turkish militants. The aerospace forces of Russia destroyed one tank, six infantry fighting vehicles and five pickups with large-caliber weapons.

In early February, the situation in northeastern Syria escalated, after which the Turkish president accused Moscow and Damascus of striking civilians in Syria. The Russian Foreign Ministry rejected all the allegations. The Kremlin said that the Russian side continues to adhere to the Sochi accords and does not attack the civilian population of this country.

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What’s happening in Syria?:

February 22:

03:00 p.m EET – Syrian army partially liberated the demilitarized zone in the province of Idlib

08:48 a.m. EET – Russia began large-scale air strikes in Syria, a local source reports

08:42 a.m. EET – Turkey deployed multiple launch rocket system Hurricane in Idlib (video)

06:22 a.m. EET – Russian fighter jets have intercepted a Turkish F-16 over Aleppo

February 21:

3:00 p.m. EET – Syrian military repelled another attack by pro-Turkish militants

07:00 a.m EET– Unknown fighter jets tried to attack the Russian air base in Syria

February 20:

4:21 p.m. EET – Russia’s Su-24 bombed over Idlib, Turkey stopped artillery strikes, Turkish soldiers died

4:09 p.m. EET – Syria said it repels the attack in Idlib, a missile was aimed to Su-24

3:32 p.m. EET – Turkey has launched military actions in Idlib, Russia’s Su-35s fighters in the sky

February 19:

11:40 p.m. EET – Syrian air defense repelled an attack near Russian Khmeimim air base

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