Syria has received the advanced S-300 air defense missile system nearly two weeks after the Russian IL-20 plane was tragically shot down off the Syrian coast.

Last night, the first shipment of the advanced missiles was unloaded by a Russian cargo plane in the coastal airbase of Hmeimim.

The Syrian Army by then has received four S-300 air defense systems, as well as 49 devices which include radars, vehicles, and launchers.

The Russian Defense Minister said that Syrian Army officers will undergo a training course to operate the S-300 missiles, in conjunction with establishing a unified system for the Syrian air defenses.

Russia declared it will supply the Syrian Army with the advanced missiles following the tragic downing of Russian IL-20 off the Syrian coast on September 18.

Even though the IL-20 was shot down by Syrian S-200 air defense missile by mistake, Russia held Israel completely responsible for the incident since the Israeli F-16 took cover of the IL-20; thus making it vulnerable to the Syrian air defenses.

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