Syria's Assad offers condolences to Russia's Putin for Il-20 plane crash

The Latest: Russia says Syrian missile brought down aircraft

The Latest: Russia says Syrian missile brought down aircraft

Russian Federation blamed Israel for the incident, in which all 15 members of the plane's crew were killed.

The Syrian leader also offered his nation's "deep condolences" on the "martyrdom of the Russian heroes who were doing their noble duties along with their colleagues of the Russian military forces in the fight against terrorism in Syria".

"In addition, they will present the continuous Iranian attempts to transfer strategic weapons to the Hezbollah terror organization and to establish an Iranian military presence in Syria".

The delegation, led by Major General Amikam Norkin, would on Thursday "present the situation report. regarding all aspects" of the incident, the army said in a statement.

Israel has been increasing its strikes inside Syria, protesting Iran and Hezbollah's growing influence there.

Over the course of Syria's seven- and-a-half year civil war, Israel has publicly admitted to having struck hundreds of Hezbollah convoys and other targets in Syria - more than 200 in the past year and a half alone - while keeping mum on hundreds of other strikes attributed to it.

The Russian plane carrying 15 service members disappeared from radars on Monday night as four Israeli jet fighters were attacking state institutions in Syria's Latakia Province, which is home to Russia-run Khmeimim airbase.

The Russian plane was downed by a Russian-made S-200 air defence supplied to Syria. The irresponsible actions by the Israeli Air Force led to a tragedy, which claimed the lives of 15 Russian military personnel, he said.

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Russia's Defense Ministry said the Israeli warning came less than a minute before the strike, and it accused the Israeli military of using the Russian plane as a cover to dodge Syrian defense systems.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held a telephone conversation with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday, stating that Israel is exclusively to blame for the downing of Russia's Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea.

"We are determined that such tragic events will sway neither you nor us from continuing the fight against terrorism", he added in the letter published by the official Sana news agency.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered Russian Federation "all necessary information" to investigate.

The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah movement says it has acquired sophisticated rockets despite Israel's efforts to prevent it obtaining them.

In a Tuesday phone call to Putin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was ready to provide Moscow with all relevant information regarding the incident, according to a statement issued by Netanyahu's office.

The incident marked the first mistake strike between Syria and Russian Federation, which is the main ally to the Syrian government.

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