Russian Federation loses contact with aircraft with 14 on board in Syria

"After the radar incident, 35 kilometers from the Syrian coast, a Russian Il-20 was lost, carrying 14 servicemen on board".

A United States official has said the Russian jet was shot down by mistake by Syria's forces. "Airspace control has recorded rocket launches from the French frigate Auvergne", the ministry's statement read.

The state media reported that missiles targeted Latakia and Homs and Hama.

Sean Robertson tells VOA on Syrian claims of engaging missile targets over #Latakia "I can unequivocally say this is not us".

The official SANA news agency said on Monday that "state technical industry institutions" in Latakia had been targeted, blaming Israel for the strikes.

The sources also claimed the country's air defenses shot down a number of incoming missiles.

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The Syrian government regularly accuses Israel of targeting its military positions.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that huge explosions had been heard in the western city.

Flames rise after an explosion near an airport west of Damascus, Syria, last year.

Syrian state media said earlier on Monday missiles were fired from the sea at several locations in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, but were intercepted by air defenses. The Observatory said at the time that the attacks were believed aimed at Iranian military posts.

Israel has become increasingly involved in the war in Syria with attacks on the country's military and civilian infrastructures over the past few months. Israel rarely acknowledges attacks inside Syria, but has said it will use military action to prevent weapons transfers to its enemies.

The official claimed the regime was trying to stop Israeli missiles.

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