“The IAF (Israeli Air Force) did not hide behind any aircraft and that the Israeli aircraft were in Israeli airspace at the time of the downing of the Russian plane,” the IDF said on Twitter on Sunday.
The Israeli military also insisted that “the deconfliction mechanism [with the Russian forces] operated in the relevant timeframe.”
“The safety and well-being of the Russian troops who operate in Syria are a focal component in every approval of any activity by senior officials in the IDF and in Israel,” it added.
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