Moscow, Russia has said Syria shot down one

of its military planes, but laid the blame for the deaths of the 15

personnel on board with Israel.

The defence ministry said Israeli jets put the Il-20 plane into the

path of Syrian air defence systems yesterday after failing to give

Moscow enough warning of a strike on Syrian targets.

The Il-20 disappeared off the radar at about 23:00 local time

(20:00 GMT). Israel is yet to comment on the allegations.

It rarely acknowledges carrying out strikes on Syria, but an

Israeli military official recently said it had hit more than 200 Iranian

targets in Syria over the past 18 months, the BBC reported.

Source: Oman News Agency