Bron: ->> https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/internat ... s-in-syriaMoscow says its military helped Israel look for remains of IDF soldiers in Syria
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov speaks at a briefing in the Russian Defense Ministry building in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 4, 2018.
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Russia’s defense ministry claimed on Sunday that its forces had conducted a search in cooperation with the Israeli military to locate the bodies of fallen IDF soldiers in Syria’s Islamic State-held territory.Neither the timing or location of the operation was provided in the ministry statement.
However, the operation appears to be linked to reports earlier this year involving searches for the remains of three Israeli soldiers killed during the first Lebanon War.“Israel appealed to Russia with a request for help finding the remains of Israeli servicemen located at specific coordinates in Syria. The search was organized after Russia agreed to the operation with our Syrian partners,” Russian defense ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.The IDF declined to comment.Konashenkov’s remarks were given at a press conference where he Israel was to blame for the downing of a Russian military plane by Syrian air defenses earlier this week.“This special operation was conducted in a combat area controlled by ISIS,” the Russian military official said.“Terrorists suddenly attacked the Russian servicemen involved in the operation. One Russian officer was wounded. Despite that, Russia was willing to carry on with the operation,” he added.
The PLO's Military Security Chief Atala-Atala, Abou Zeim, in centre, announces the release to waiting Red Cross officials of the two captive Israeli personnel, in Beirut
In June of 1982, 30 Israeli servicemen were killed and five were taken prisoner in a Lebanese village near the Syrian border.
Two of the soldiers were returned to Israel alive while three are still considered missing in action because it is unclear if they have been killed.Israel continues to search for the bodies of Zachary Baumel, Tzvi Feldman, and Yehuda Katz despite nearly 40 years having past.Anwar Raja, a commanding official in the militant group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said in May that members of Islamist groups in Syria had attempted to find the Israeli soldiers’ remains at a cemetery near Damascus. Raja stated the Islamic State and other jihadist groups likely wanted to return the bodies to Israel, though he did not specify for what purpose.He did not specify which remains were being search for or if the militants had found any bodies in their excavation of graves. He claimed the graves searched were located in a Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus that was, until the Syrian government’s recent reacquisition of the territory, controlled by the Islamic State and other insurgent groups.
Russian Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers fly over Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2018
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Moscow's report charged that the Israeli pilots -- who were carrying out an air strike on a target in Syria -- knew the Russian aircraft would become the target of what Israel has described as a "rampage" of Syrian anti-aircraft fire.Fifteen crew members and servicemen were killed when the aircraft was hit and plunged into the Mediterranean on Monday, sparking a diplomatic crisis between the two countries who are both active in the skies over Syria.The apparent target of the Israeli strike a day before the holy day of Yom Kippur was an ammunition storage facility near the city of Latakia that Israel said housed advanced weapons destined for use by arch-foe Hezbollah in Lebanon.Satellite imagery of the site released after the strike showed a building reduced to rubble."The military leadership of Israel either has no appreciation for the level of relations with Russia, or has no control over individual commands or commanding officers who understood that their actions would lead to tragedy," Konashenkov was quoted as telling reporters.He also complained that Israel gave less than a minute's notice of the raid through the two countries' de-confliction hotline and described the targets only as "industrial facilities in northern Syria."In a briefing to unveil the report, Konashenkov also reportedly revealed that out of the 200-or-so airstrikes it has carried out in Syria, Israel only notified the Russians on 25 occasions."This is an extremely ungrateful response to all that has been done by the Russian Federation for Israel and the Israeli people recently," he added.
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