Days After Rebels Shot Russian Plane And Killed Pilot, Russian Strikes Kill 30 Rebels In Syria


Russian air strikes have killed atleast 30 militants in Syria on Sunday, the IANS reported. A Russian jet was shot down and the pilot was killed.

“A series of high-precision weapon strikes have been delivered in the area controlled by the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group, which brought down the Russian Su-25 jet by using a portable anti-aircraft missile system in the Syrian province Idlib,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said.

“According to radio intercepts, more than 30 Jabhat al-Nusra militants were killed,” Xinhua quoted the ministry as saying.

Earlier on Saturday, the ministry said a pilot survived the fighter jet crash but was later killed in a ground fight with terrorists.

The pilot had reported earlier that he ejected by parachute in the area, controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra militants.

In May 2017, the guarantors of the Syrian ceasefire – Russia, Iran and Turkey – agreed to set up the Syrian de-escalation zones in Syria, which includes Idlib province.


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