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Rebels shoot down two warplanes in northwest Syria: NGO

Syrian rebels on Thursday shot down two military warplanes over the northwestern province of Idlib, said a monitoring group.

Both jets were hit with fire from heavy machineguns while the air force was carrying out a series of raids in the area, much of which is under the control of the rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


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The warplanes were shot down in separate strikes, several hours apart, near the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan.

An Islamist rebel group, Ahfad al-Rasul (Grandchildren of the Prophet), claimed in an amateur video posted online to have brought down one of them, a Russian Sukhoi fighter jet, using anti-aircraft weaponry.

by John Biers © 2013 AFP

Source : AFP

Published on ASDNews: Feb 14, 2013

 

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