U.S. Supported Syria Rebels Shoot at civilian Airliner at Aleppo Airport

“We wanted to send a message to the regime that all their planes – military and civilian – are within our reach.”


Syrian rebels fired warning shots at an airliner preparing to take off from Aleppo airport in the first direct attack on a civilian flight since the uprising in Syria began 21 months ago, a rebel commander said on Friday.

The commander, who gave his name only as Khaldoun, told Reuters by Skype that snipers from his brigade had hit the wheels of Syrian Airways flight RB201 on Thursday.

“Those were warning shots,” he said, adding that the plane had been unable to take off. “We wanted to send a message to the regime that all their planes – military and civilian – are within our reach.”

There were no immediate reports of the incident on Syrian state media.

Rebels accuse the government of using civilian aircraft to transport weapons and Iranian fighters they say are helping President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Insurgents have cut off many of the road links to Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city.

Fighting around Damascus has made the road to the capital’s international airport unsafe for traffic. Foreign airlines have stopped flying there. According to flight schedules, the Cairo-bound RB201 usually flies from Damascus rather than Aleppo.

“What happened with Damascus airport will happen to Aleppo, even if the price is higher,” Khaldoun said in reference to battles convulsing Aleppo since July.

Another rebel urged civilians not to use Aleppo airport or Syrian Air flights “as they will be targets from now on”.

  1. #1 by Blake on 12/22/2012 - 9:34

    And this is supposed to win them friends how?

  2. #2 by bigcree1Shadowhawk on 12/22/2012 - 9:34

    Yes the entire world knows whom they are and who they are working for. They have no friends.

  3. #3 by ruby22-kate on 12/23/2012 - 9:34

    Yes, and how will the media spin this, they’ll ignore it & hope it fades fast

  4. #4 by Al on 12/23/2012 - 9:34

    Yes, they are proud to be puppets of the western world… Proud to serve the US and Israeli interests… Stupidity has no limits

  5. #5 by ruby22-kate on 12/23/2012 - 9:34

    Deliberate destruction and persecution of the Palestinians make the Israelis unwelcome worldwide. Step by step, inch by inch the Palestinians have attained world wide sympathy which will eventually lead to some modicum of fairness and hopefully justice will be the foundation for peace.

    Keep up the good work to all, whatever your contributions may be. This is a fight to end Israeli occupation and to end the chipping away of the meager rights we people still retain. We will overturn the police state eventually and regain our inalienable rights to due process and free speech and assembly.

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