Syrian army air attacks kill at least 28 in northwest: Observatory

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The Russian Defense Ministry stated that the pilot managed to eject from the aircraft and survive, but was killed during a subsequent battle with terrorists.

In other videos locals run up to the flaming wreckage of the military where it crash landed.

Syrian rebels shot down a Russian Su-25 in Idlib province on Saturday, and then killed the pilot on the ground, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The strike followed the downing of the Russian Su-25 aircraft in the area.

The Ibaa News Agency of the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee, said Russian and Syrian warplanes and helicopter gunships have been pounding Saraqeb and the village of Tel Mardeekh in Idlib since the early hours of Saturday.

TASS reported that "according to preliminary information, the plane was shot down from a portable anti-aircraft missile system". The pilot parachuted down into the area controlled by Al-Nusra terrorist group, the statement said.


'The pilot was killed in fighting against terrorists'.

The downing of the plane came as Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air support and Iranian infantry, have intensified their offensive in Idlib, one of the last rebel-held bastions in Syria.

"We believe two Russian planes struck the convoy of civilians on the highway and left at least seven killed and twelve injured, mostly elderly and children", said Ammar al Adnan, a civil defence worker from Saraqeb.

Syrian opposition activists say rebels have shot down a warplane in the north-west of the country, where government forces and their allies are advancing under the cover of intense airstrikes.

Russian air force losses have been rare since it began its Syria campaign in September 2015.

"The Russian center for reconciliation of warring sides in Syria alongside the Turkish side, responsible for the Idlib de-escalation zone, are taking steps to retrieve the Russian pilot's body", the ministry noted.

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