Report: Two Rockets Fired at Russian Passenger Plane Flying Over Syria, No Injuries

The plane, carrying some 200 passengers returning from holiday in Egypt, managed to avoid two surface-to-air missiles, which subsequently exploded close to it, a unnamed source told the Interfax news agency.

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Two rockets were on Monday fired at a Russian passenger plane carrying holidaymakers as it flew over Syria, a news report said.

The plane with some 200 passengers on board, managed to avoid two surface-to-air missiles, which subsequently exploded close to it, a unnamed source told the Interfax news agency.

Nobody was hurt, the report said. The targeted plane belongs to Nordwind Airlines – a Russian charter air carrier, says Russian federal Agency for Tourism, citing the Ministry of Transport. It was en route to the city of Kazan, in Russia’s republic of Tatarstan, from Egypt's resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, reports RIA Novosti

Earlier on Monday, Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halki survived a bomb attack that targeted his convoy in central Damascus, according to a television channel run by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which is close to President Bashar Assad.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attempted assassination of the Syrian prime minister in an attack that killed six people, describing it as a "terrorist attack."

Syria's prime minister survived a bomb attack on his convoy in Damascus on Monday though half a dozen other people were killed, as rebels struck in the heart of President Bashar Assad's capital.

"The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attack on the convoy of Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halki in Damascus earlier today, which resulted in deaths and injuries," Ban's press office said in a statement.

"The Secretary-General has consistently condemned all acts of terrorism," the statement said. "The targeting of civilians and civilian objects by anyone is unacceptable."

"The Secretary-General remains extremely worried at the continued escalation of violence in Syria, where civilians continue to be killed, injured, detained and abducted every day, including most recently the kidnapping of two prominent clerics in northern Syria," it added.

The United Nations said in February that around 70,000 people had been killed in Syria's conflict. Since then activists have reported daily death tolls of between 100 and 200. Five million people have fled their homes, including 1.4 million refugees in nearby countries, and financial losses are estimated at many tens of billions of dollars.

The Beirut-based U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia estimates that 400,000 houses have been completely destroyed, 300,000 partially destroyed and a further half million have suffered some structural damage.

A Syrian missile being launched during an exercise.Credit: AFP



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