UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said jihad factions shot down a Syrian regime warplane on Wednesday and captured its pilot in the northwestern region of Idlib.
“The Sukhoi warplane belonging to the Syrian regime crashed in the southern countryside of Idlib in the axis of Terai-al-Sekik after it was targeted by jihadi factions in the area,” Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the observatory, said, referring to the former al-Qaeda branch.
“The pilot was arrested by jihadists and is now in the hands of HTS,” Abdel Rahman told AFP, adding that it was “the first time a regime plane has been shot down since the escalation began” in this area of Syria at the end of April. the past.
Areas in the governorates of Idlib, Aleppo, Hama and Lattakia are subjected to almost daily shelling by regime forces.
In addition to HTS, there are armed and jihadist factions in the areas outside the Syrian regime’s control.
Regime forces managed to advance in the Idlib area and are now four kilometers (five miles) from the town of Khan Sheikhoun after seizing five nearby villages, the observatory said.
Since the start of the war in Syria in 2011, more than 370,000 people have been killed.
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