A Russian Sukhoi-25 warplane was shot down and its pilot killed on Saturday over rebel-held territory in Syria’s northwest province of Idlib.

The Defense Ministry of Russia said that the pilot had ejected into an area that it reportedly under the hardline Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, al-Quada.

The pilot made it to the ground alive, but was killed during a firefight.

The Russian fighter plane was supporting a Syrian government offensive on the rebel group.

The Russian military reportedly fired cruise missiles into Syria from the Mediterranean Sea in response.

More details to follow. Image of the crashed warplane from AP.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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