Russian Federation says it killed 30 militants after warplane downed

Russian Federation says it killed 30 militants after warplane downed

A Russian pilot was killed in Syria on Saturday after parachuting into rebel-held territory when his plane was shot down, the Defence Ministry said. Its pilot ejected and landed on the ground alive, he added. The defence ministry said that the aircraft was downed by a portable surface-to-air missile.

The approximate area where a Russian jet was reportedly shot down near Idlib, Syria.

The Russian plane was shot down over the town of Khan al-Subl near the city of Saraqeb, close to a major highway where the Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias are trying to advance, a rebel source said. One social media video posting showed a body said to be that of the pilot. One of the men can be heard shouting "He is Russian".

The region where the plane crashed is controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an outfit dominated by Al-Qaeda's former Syrian affiliate.

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

Idlib has been a haven for tens of thousands of rebels and civilians who were forced to abandon their homes in other parts of western Syria that the government and its foreign military allies have recaptured from terrorists.

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On November 19, the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group was flushed out of its last stronghold in Syria's Al-Bukamal.

"There have been dozens of Russian airstrikes in the area over the past 24 hours", according to Rahman.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, and Russian Federation has not confirmed that one of its planes was shot down. "This plane was also carrying out raids there".

Moscow began conducting air strikes in Syria in September 2015.

It agreed on the creation of a commission to discuss the country's post-war constitution.

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