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Publish Date: 11:39 - 03 July 2017
TEHRAN, July 3, YJC - A US reconnaissance plane was spotted flying over the Russian naval base in Syria's Tartus port city in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, flight monitoring websites reported, stressing a significant rise in such flights after the White House's recent rhetoric against Damascus.

US increases spying flights over Syria's coasts

TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The monitoring sites reported that a RC-135 U reconnaissance plane of the US army took off from Souda Bay base in the Greek island of Crete and flew for a long time over Syria's coasts, reaching 40km away from the Russian naval base in Tartus port city in Lattakia province.

The same websites reported on Friday that a P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft took off from the Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily Island and flew for several hours over international waters in Mediterranean Sea near Tartus port city.

In the meantime, at least four US planes and a Norwegian plane were spotted flying near Tartus.

Military experts, also, confirmed that the US has increased its spying flights over the Eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea near Russian bases in Syria.  

Well-informed sources told the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen Wednesday that the US aerial operation to gather information along Syria's coastal regions unusually increased in recent days, stressing that unusual operation of the US reconnaissance flights show that the US army was paving the gourd for carrying out a new move in the region.

The Spokesperson for the United States administration accused Syria of preparing to stage a chemical attack in the Arab country, threatening that Washington would make Damascus pay “a heavy price.”

As Washington claims that it fights against the ISIL group, US warships fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea at the Shayrat airfield in Homs province on April 7, following a chemical weapons incident in Idlib province on April 4 which the Western countries blamed on the Damascus government.

The Syrian government fiercely denied using or even possessing chemical weapons since the country’s compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention was certified by international observers in 2013, as the world is still waiting for the US and its allies to provide any proof for its claims of Bashar al-Assad government's involvement in the alleged chemical attack.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had characterized the alleged chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun as a provocation to justify the US strike on Shayrat airbase in Homs province. The Syrian leader also warned of the possibility of the new provocations similar to the one in Idlib.

Source: FNA

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