Russian Fighter Jet Shot Down in Syria

The pilot reported that he had ejected by parachute, and he was later killed on the ground.

Another video then shows jubilant rebels celebrating as the wreckage burns on the ground, sending a huge plume of black smoke into the air.

Massive high-precision weapons strikes have been delivered at targets in the area, from which a missile from the man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS) was launched to bring down the Russian Su-25 fighter jet, 30 militants of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group (banned in Russia) have been killed, Russia's Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

The Su-25 is a single-seat, twin-engine jet created to provide close air support for troops on the ground.

It is not known who shot down the plane, but jihadist group al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham has a presence in the area.

Opposition factions have shot Syrian regime planes in the past, but downing Russian warplanes is much rarer. The pilot opened fire from his pistol as the militants were trying to seize him, said the militant, who refused to be identified by his real name because was not authorized to speak to the media.

Russian Federation and Turkey, which is responsible for a de-escalation zone in Idlib, were taking measures to return the pilot's body, the defense ministry said. "When conducting a fight with terrorists, the pilot died", the Defense Ministry said.

The Turkish military said two of its soldiers were killed in Syria and a third was killed on the Turkish side of the border in an attack by Syrian Kurdish militiamen.

In August 2016, a Russian military helicopter was shot down over Syria and all five people on board were killed.

In 2016, Turkey downed a Russian fighter plane which Ankara claimed had encroached in its airspace, causing the relations between the countries to dip to their worst point since the Cold War.

Chief of the human rights group Rami Abdurrahman says it is possible the warplane is Russian.

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