Russia Explains Why its Air Defenses Were Beaten by Israel in Syria

Moscow has offered two explanations for why the Russian-made Pantsir-S1 missile defense system took a direct hit during an Israeli airstrike in Syria last week.

“One is that it had already used up its ammunition reserve,” Aytech Bizhev, a former deputy commander-in-chief of Russia’s air force, told the Russian state-run news agency RT. “The other is that it was simply turned off; it wasn’t battle ready.”

Israeli fighter jets struck dozens of Iranian military sites in Syria on Thursday, killing at least 23 people, including at least five Syrian soldiers, according to the Syria Observatory for Human Rights.


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