Turkey fighter jet downs Syrian warplane over Idlib: monitor 1

Turkey fighter jet downs Syrian warplane over Idlib: monitor

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Beirut: Syrian human rights warfare war observers said a Turkish fighter jet had shot a Syrian regime fighter on Tuesday in Idlib province in northwestern Syria, the third such landing in three days.

Turkey confirmed on Sunday that it has launched military operations against Russia-backed regime forces in the border area, and Ankara has supported some rebellious groups in the area.

Syrian state news agency SANA said two planes were shot down on Sunday, one of which was “targeted”.

Turkey confirmed that it had shot down an L-39 aircraft.

“As part of the Spring Shield operation that is successfully continuing, an L-39 plane belonging to the regime has been downed,” the Turkish defence ministry said.

The observatory said the regime plane was shot down by a Turkish F-16 and crashed into a regime-controlled area south of the besieged rebel fort.

The British Observatory said the crew’s fate was unclear.

Since December, government forces have been busy recapturing Idlib’s last large opposition bastion from insurgents and militants associated with former Syrian Al Qaeda.

The Turkish operation was carried out after an air raid on Thursday accused of killing 34 Turkish soldiers in the Damascus area.

The observatory said that since last Friday, 93 regime soldiers have been killed in Turkish bombing along with 10 Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah hunters and 4 pro-Iranian hunters.

On Sunday, Damascus claimed to have shot three Turkish drones in the area.

Since the outbreak in 2011, the Syrian conflict has killed more than 380,000 people and millions of displaced persons.

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