Russia Confirms Warplane Downed Over Syria, Pilot Dead

Howard TerryFeb 04, 2018

Syrian rebels claimed that they had brought down a Russian warplane in an area of northern Syria that has seen heavy air strikes, and two rebel sources said they had captured the pilot who was badly injured.

The pilot managed to eject from the aircraft and parachute down safely, but was then killed by militants on the ground, the MoD stated.

The militants appeared to have shot down the Su-25 fighter jet using a man-portable antiaircraft system, Russia's Interfax news agency quoted the Defense Ministry saying.

A Russian Air Force Sukhoi-25 fighter jet flying over the Syrian city of Saraqib, southwest of Aleppo.

Videos have emerged on social media showing thick white smoke coming from an alleged plane crash.

Russian Federation has been providing air support to the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad in his fight against rebel groups and terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda.

A Syrian monitoring group and a Syrian militant say the pilot was killed when he resisted capture by opening fire from his pistol.

Idlib has always been the region where civilians and fighters have gone as they fled rebel-friendly areas under siege by the Syrian regime.

Syria is in the process of carrying out an offensive against Islamist rebels in Idlib Province, where most of such groups are operating.

Earlier in the day, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the media arm of al-Qaeda-linked militants reported intense airstrikes on the rebel-held stronghold.

He was killed clashing with rebels as they tried to take him hostage, said the Britain-based Observatory.

Russian Federation has increased bombing runs in Idlib in the last month, which has resulted in more than one hundred civilian deaths and displaced more than 100,000 people. It also said reports by Western-backed media outlets about Damascus using chemical weapons were "a new version of US and Western desperate intentions to create" an excuses to attack Syria.

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