Syria says military jet downed in northern Hama, pilot killed

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A Syrian government forces' MiG-23 fighter-bomber drops a payload during a reported air strike in the rebel-held area of Qabun, east of the capital Damascus, on May 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / AMER ALMOHIBANY

Syria’s armed forces said insurgents downed a military jet in northern Hama province on Tuesday, killing the pilot.

Militant group Tahrir al Sham – a fighting force dominated by members of Al Qaeda’s former branch in Syria – said it hit the plane.

A source said the militants were searching for another pilot they believed had survived the crash.

Syria’s air force and army, supported by Russian air power and Iranian-backed militias, have stepped up an offensive in Hama in recent weeks, pushing north towards the rebel stronghold of Idlib.

 

 

News Source: Reuters