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Russian fighter jet shot down in northern Syria, pilot deceased

Russian fighter jet shot down in northern Syria, pilot deceased

Russian Federation has waged a punishing aerial campaign against Syria's armed opposition since intervening in the civil war on the side of its ally, President Bashar Assad, in 2015.

Russia's Defence Ministry denies aiming at civilians and says it targets only hardline Islamist militants in Syria.

A Russian fighter jet has been shot down in a rebel held area in north-eastern Syria's Idlib province, according to reports. The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), a charity which supports hospitals in Syria, said its doctors in Idlib reported 11 patients with symptoms indicative of the usage of chlorine.

Smoke and fire billows from the site of a downed Sukhoi-25 fighter jet in the Syrian city of Saraqib, southwest of Aleppo. It says the area is under the control of al-Qaida's branch in Syria. Three other soldiers were killed earlier on Saturday, according to the AP, including one who was killed on the Turkish side of the border in what Turkey said was an attack by Kurdish militiamen.

Mattis made the remarks after senior USA officials said Trump was prepared to order more strikes amid reports that the Syrian government is developing new types of chemical weapons. Unlike sarin, chlorine gas is relatively easy to produce and is not banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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Images provided by Hand in Hand for Syria showed wards inside the Kafranbel hospital destroyed and no longer functioning.

The Al Maghara cave hospital in the town of Kafr Zita was hit by five missiles in Thursday's strike, says the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM), an worldwide coalition of medical charities.

President Donald Trump ordered the launch of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base last April following a deadly sarin gas attack in Idlib, which the White House blamed on the Syrian government.

Syrian rebels shot down a Russian war plane in northern Syria on Saturday - the wreckage seen here in amateur video obtained by Reuters. Dozens of people were seriously injured, and a number of medical clinics had been destroyed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a United Kingdom -based war monitor.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 70 people were wounded Monday and the number of casualties was likely to climb as rescue operations got underway.


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