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Russia prevents Israeli airstrikes in Syrian capital

Russia has reportedly once again managed to prevent Israeli airstrikes in Syria, helping the Syrian armed forces to destroy an Israeli drone on its way to attack the war-wracked country’s capital Damascus.

The Russian aviation publication Avia.Pro reported that the country’s combat aircraft took off from Russia’s Hmeimim air base in Syria’s western coastal province of Latakia on Thursday night, “which resulted in the disruption of the Israeli attacks on the Syrian capital and its surroundings”.

According to the report, the Russian military also provided the Syrian armed forces with information about the Israeli drone that was preparing to strike the southeastern suburbs of Damascus.

“According to data, at least two combat aircraft took off from the Hmeimim air base at around 8 PM in the south-east direction, after which, under unknown circumstances, an Israeli drone that violated Syrian airspace was shot down and subsequently there was no attack on the suburbs of the Syrian capital,” said the report.

According to al-Masdar news agency, the drone was reportedly shot down over the Aqraba area near Jaramana , Damascus countryside by the Syrian air defenses.

If confirmed, this would be the fourth time since late August that the Russian forces blocked an Israeli attack on Syria.

In August, Moscow stopped an airstrike on the strategic Qasioun region near Damascus, where a Syrian S-300 missile battery is said to be placed.

Moscow also prevented another airstrike later on a Syrian outpost in the southwestern province of Quneitra and a third in the western coastal province of Latakia.