Russian plane shot down in Syria

Feb 04, 2018, 01:29
Russian plane shot down in Syria

Rebel fighters shot down a Russian plane over Syria's north-west Idlib province on Saturday, the Telegraph reports.

Smoke and fire billows from the site of a downed Sukhoi-25 fighter jet in the Syrian city of Saraqib, southwest of Aleppo.

The pilot was said to have ejected before the crash and been captured, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

The Ibaa News Agency of the al-Qaeda-linked Levant Liberation Committee, said Russian and Syrian warplanes and helicopter gunships have been pounding Saraqeb and Tel Mardeekh village in Idlib since the early hours of Saturday. The defence ministry said that the aircraft was downed by a portable surface-to-air missile.

A global campaign was launched this week to raise awareness about the successive chemical attacks that have taken place in Eastern Ghouta as Syrian government forces continue to fight to take control of the area.

'The pilot was killed in fighting against terrorists'.

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Russia, later carried out massive retaliatory strikes in the region which has killed no of rebels.

Syrian opposition activists say rebels have shot down a warplane in the country's northwest where government forces and their allies are advancing under the cover of intense airstrikes.

Footage posted on Twitter apparently shows rebels approaching the flaming wreckage, with a red star symbol visible on a piece of the plane.

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, who attended the meeting, said the United Nations would lead efforts to form the commission.

Russian Federation has been conducting military operations in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since September 2015.

A copy of the final statement did not mention the fate of Moscow's ally President Bashar al-Assad.