Intense air campaign slams Idlib province

Russian Pilot Blows Himself Up To Avoid Being Captured By Jihadists In Syria

The Jaysh al-Nasr rebel group in Syria, part of the US-backed Free Syrian Army, has posted footage of its fighters celebrating the shoot-down of a Russian Suhkoi-25 jet fighter in the Idlib province of Syria.

Another possible chemical weapons attack in Syria.

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed on Saturday that the Su-25 pilot had successfully ejected but later died in a gun battle with militants.

USA officials expressed alarm last week at a rise in reports that the Syrian military is using chlorine as a chemical weapon against opposition-held areas.

Opposition fighters said the plane had participated in a strike targeting a civilian convoy, according to Reuters.

"The [Russian] air forces destroyed the [terrorist] unit, which fired the MANPADs, .at the present moment the Syrian Special Forces are working in the area".

A jihadist-dominated alliance claimed Saturday to have downed a Russian fighter jet in northwest Syria with a shoulder-launched missile, in a statement issued through an online propaganda channel.

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Rebels opened fire on him as he parachuted to the ground but he managed to land safely, new footage is said to show.

The incident could raise tensions between Russian Federation and Turkey, which is monitoring a so-called "de-escalation zone" in the northern province of Idlib as part of an agreement made during Syrian peace talks in the Kazakh capital, Astana.

Syrians who oppose Assad view Russian Federation as an invading force and blame it for the deaths of thousands of civilians since Moscow joined the war on the Syrian government's side in 2015. The plane fell near a local village, whereas the pilot ejected and had to fight terrorists on the ground.

These reports said toxic gas has been used.

Russian Federation has launched a bombing campaign against rebel groups in Syria in support of the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

An intense wave of air raids targeted Syria's Idlib province on Sunday, killing several people and injuring dozens more, according to local activists.

The National Coalition of Syrian Opposition and Revolutionary Forces has called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to take emergency action to end the Russian and Syrian regime attacks on the northwestern city of Idlib.

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