> An international dispute has erupted over the skies of Syria after a Russian plane was shot down. The reconnaissance aircraft was brought down by the anti-aircraft batteries of Russia's ally, Syria, in a friendly fire incident. But Moscow's not holding Damascus responsible. Instead, it blames Israel, whose fighter jets were mounting an attack on Syrian targets at the time.
Russia's Defense Ministry says it was only given one minute's warning about that operation, not enough time to move its plane away from the action. 15 people died, Moscow said, when the plane was brought down as it came into land at
air base. The Defense Ministry called Israel's actions hostile and an act of provocation.
It said that Russia reserves the right to take commensurate measures in response. Israel's military declined to comment, as did the Prime Minister's office and the foreign ministry.