Russian MoD: Militants possess weapons such as ZU-23 [anti-aircraft gun] and others that are capable to hit Syrian aircraft
According to the Russian Defense Ministry terrorists in Syria posses weapons capable of downing Syrian military-transport planes delivering humanitarian aid to besieged areas.
“Indeed, militants possess weapons such as ZU-23 [anti-aircraft gun] and others that are capable of hitting targets at the height of 4,000 meters, especially, such a big aircraft as Syrian Air Force’s IL-76 military transport plane,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told journalists.
According to Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov such attacks by terrorists were recorded when the first batch of Russian-Syrian humanitarian aid was sent to Deir ez-Zor.
“It [the cargo delivery operation] is very risky. In most cases delivery is performed at night without any illumination.”
The Syrian authorities confirmed that Russian humanitarian aid had been successfully delivered to areas besieged by terrorists.
“They [Syrian authorities] confirmed that the humanitarian aid is ditributed to people in need,” Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.
We remember, on Jan. 15, a cargo plane of the Syrian Air Force using Rusian P-7 platforms airdropped a total of 50 tons worth of food supplies and basic necessities to Deir ez-Zor.