Russian jets forced Israeli fighter-bombers to change their course when trying to enter the Syrian airspace.Now, Mehr News isn't exactly the most reliable news outlet. but it is quoting Yediot Aharonot, and Yediot has some standards.
Russian Aerospace Force warplanes operating in Syria forced Israeli fighter-bombers to change their course when trying to enter the airspace of the Arab nation on espionage missions.
The Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth daily quoted Lebanese diplomatic sources saying that the event took place yesterday after Russian radars detected various Zionist fighters flying close to the Syrian territory.
So what did Yediot say?
Russian forces warned Israel over IAF flights in Russian controlled airspace near the Syrian–Lebanese border area after Israeli jets were detected nearby, according to a report Friday in the Lebanese media outlet As Safir.How would a Lebanese source know what messages are being sent between Russia and Israel?
The report comes a mere day after Russia announced that it had established a "hotline" with Israel in order to coordinate aerial activity over Lebanon and Syria.
As Safir quoted Lebanese diplomatic officials who were "in the know," as saying that the warning was issued after Russian radar identified Israeli aircraft approaching Russian-controlled airspace two weeks ago.
"Russian aircraft immediately blocked the Israeli jets' path while they flew above the Akkar region in northern Lebanon. The Russians immediately sent a clear warning to the Israelis that entering Syrian airspace would be a pretext for opening fire," the source said.
The answer is in the next paragraph:
According to the paper, which is considered loyal to Hezbollah, the Israeli aircraft quickly heeded the warnings and changed their course.Iran instructed Hezbollah to "leak" a story to make Zionists afraid of Russia, an Israeli news outlet reported it with somewhat proper skepticism, and Iranian media now uses the Israeli report as proof that it is true.