Deir ezZor – A Syrian aircraft has crashed in western Deir ez-Zor Governorate. On Sunday, the Islamic State (ISIS) released a statement taking responsibility for shooting down the plane.
“Islamic State fighters hit the warplane with heavy machine guns. None of the crew members survived the crash,” local media activist Abdulrahman al-Ali told ARA News.
According to local sources, the targeted aircraft crashed near Marrat village. It was reportedly carrying food and materiel to the besieged Syrian army in Deir ez-Zor city.
ISIS militants previously downed several warplanes in Syrian airspace. ARA News has provided a summary of their recent attacks below.
On July 9, two Russian pilots died near Palmyra city when their helicopter was shot down by ISIS jihadists.
On July 22, ISIS blew up a Syrian warplane in Jib al-Jarrah District, in Homs Governorate. The jihadi Amaq Agency released images depicting a destroyed Syrian warplane, claiming that it crashed after ISIS militants hit it with a rocket.
On September 23, ISIS claimed responsibility for shooting down a US drone that had been flying over the Iraqi-Syrian border. The drone was knocked out near Shaddadi city in Hasakah Governorate.
On September 21, ISIS shot down a Syrian jet in a Damascus suburb. A Syrian Army commander, at the time, told ARA News: “Shortly after taking off from the Dumair Airbase in a Damascus suburb, the warplane was targeted by terrorist fire and crashed over eastern Qalamoun.”
On October 21, ISIS took responsibility for shooting down an American warplane near the town of Margada, in Hasakah Governorate. According to ISIS, the destroyed plane was an A-10 Thunderbolt jet.
Reporting by: Issam Mustafa and Jamil Mukarram | Source: ARA News
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