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Istanbul, Turkey –The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday that militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) shot down a Syrian regime fitter jet in Raqqa provine in northeastern Syria.
The fighter jet was reportedly conducting airstrikes against IS strongholds in Raqqa, before the militants shot it down.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, this is the first aircraft shot down since the regime launched air strikes against the jihadists in July following their declaration of a Caliphate in late June.
“The warplane was carrying out strikes against IS strongholds in Raqqa when it was hit,” Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Observatory, told AFP.
The pro-Assad warplane crashed into a house in the Euphrates Valley city, causing deaths and injuries on the ground, local sources reported.
The Syrian air force has recently launched several raids on headquarters of the Islamic State in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, killing dozens including civilians.
Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish
Source: ARA News