Defense Ministry confirms death of Syrian soldier in Israeli attack

As a result of the Israeli air strike on the phosphate ore processing plant near Palmyra a Syrian military serviceman was killed and three others were wounded. Rear Admiral Vadim Kulit, deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the Warring Sides (RCAW) in Syria announced about it on October 14.

According to him, four tactical F-16 fighter jets of the Israeli Air Force entered the Syrian airspace near Homs province late in the evening on October 13 and carried out strikes near Palmyra.

“One Syrian soldier was killed and three others were wounded as a result of the Israeli air strike. There was material damage to the plant,” Kulyu noted at the briefing.

He explained that the Syrian military leadership decided not to use air defenses because there were two civilian passenger planes in the anti-aircraft strike zone at the time of the attack.

Earlier in the day the command of the army of the Syrian Arab Republic (SAR) announced that the Israeli air force attacked a communications tower near Palmyra and some positions adjacent to it. As a result, one Syrian soldier was killed and three others were wounded. There was also material damage.