SYRIA

Syrian rebels say they shot down fighter jet during Aleppo battle

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 October, 2012, 5:05am
AFP

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Syrian rebels have shot down a fighter jet in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group and an army defector said.

"The rebels shot down the fighter jet in the west of Aleppo province, where fierce battles are taking place," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"The jet was bombarding the village of Khan al-Asal."

A defected military officer in the province confirmed the reports, adding that the MiG jet was shot down on Saturday about 10 kilometres west of Aleppo, scene of fierce battles since July 20.

Amateur video shot by activists and distributed by the Observatory showed groups gathering around a pile of embers, and smoke rising from the scene, as men fired their weapons into the air in celebration.

It also showed the tail of a fixed-wing aircraft, blackened by fire and broken off from the body of the plane.

"God is greatest," people shouted.

"People celebrate when planes are shot down because they are used to bombard civilian areas," Abdel Rahman said.