Russian-made missile defense systems Pantsir-S and BUK-M2 were used by Syrian security forces to shoot down a majority of missiles fired by Israel into Homs province on 20 July , according to the Russian military.
“In a span from 23:39 to 23:51 on July 19, four F-16 fighter jets of the Israeli Air Force entered Syria’s airspace via the US-controlled al-Tanf zone and fired eight guided missiles at facilities southeast of the city of Aleppo,” said Vadim Kulit, deputy chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria.
“One missile damaged the building of a research center in the settlement of Safira in the Aleppo governorate,” he added.
The revelation follows reports that Russia has “run out of patience” with Israel in Syria and is planning a shift in its policies toward Israeli attacks over the country, according to the London-based newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat which cited an unnamed Russian source.
Israeli occupation forces have launched airstrikes into Syrian territory for years, with Tel Aviv claiming they are a self-defense measure aimed at “Iranian” targets in the country.