Damascus, Syria (TEH) – In a concerning development, Rear Admiral Oleg Gurinov, deputy head of the Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties (CPVS) in the Syrian Arab Republic (SAR), revealed that aircraft belonging to the US-led international coalition breached Syrian airspace on three separate occasions. These violations occurred in the Tanf region, according to the Russian agency TASS, a crucial area through which international airlines traverse. Gurinov disclosed that a pair of F-16 fighter jets, accompanied by an MS-12V reconnaissance aircraft, were responsible for the breaches.
The CPVS deputy head further emphasized that the center has documented twelve incidents involving unauthorized drone flights, conducted without coordination with the Russian side of the so-called international anti-terrorism coalition. These acts represent a direct violation of the conflict prevention protocols established on December 9, 2019.
The repeated encroachments on Syrian airspace by coalition forces have raised significant concerns over the potential for aviation incidents and civil plane crashes. The CPVS, entrusted with overseeing the reconciliation efforts and ensuring stability in the region, warns that such breaches undermine the safety and security of the airspace.
This revelation follows an earlier report by the CPVS, which exposed a staggering 315 violations of flight safety memorandum committed by the US coalition in Syria during the month of June alone. The center unequivocally labels these infractions as deliberate and part of a systematic pattern of disregard for established protocols.
The flagrant violations of flight safety regulations by the US-led coalition have heightened tensions and put the lives of civilians and aviation personnel at risk. The international community, including global aviation authorities, is urged to address these recurring transgressions and take appropriate measures to ensure the safe and secure operation of Syrian airspace.
The ongoing breaches not only jeopardize the safety of aircraft but also hinder the vital humanitarian and peacekeeping efforts in the region. As the CPVS continues to document and report these violations, it remains to be seen how the international community will respond to the persistent disregard for flight safety protocols by the US-led coalition in Syria.