Russian reconnaissance plane has been shot down above Idlib, a UK media reported
LONDON, (BM) – The UK’s Daiy Express news publication, citing sources among militants in Idlib, reports that a Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down several hours ago in the Syrian city of Nairab, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down over the war-torn Syrian province of Idlib during a Turkish-supported operation against forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Initial reports suggest that the plane cost £ 7 million was shot down by pro-Turkish jihadists. There are also reports that the revolutionary faction destroyed two Syrian government tanks during violent clashes Recent events put NATO member Turkey and Russian-backed Syria almost on the verge of the confrontation a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that a new military operation is inevitable,” the newspaper said.
So far, there has been no official comment from Russian authorities that any Russian plane over Syria has been shot down.
BulgarianMilitary.com uses several local sources and so far none of them has confirmed that any aircraft has been downed over Syria in the last 24 hours.
Some experts say this is deliberately spreading false data to boost morale among soldiers.
In Geneva, the United Nations refugee chief called for a halt to the fighting to allow hundreds of thousands of trapped civilians to move to places of safety.
Russia and Turkey back opposing sides in the nine-year-old conflict. The Kremlin, which has supported Mr al-Assad’s push with air strikes against the rebel militia, said a clash between Turkish and Syrian forces would be a “worst-case scenario” and Russia would work to prevent the situation from worsening.
Syrian troops supported by Russian warplanes and special forces have been battling since December to eradicate the last rebel bastions in Idlib and Aleppo provinces in what could be one of the final chapters of the bloody civil war.
But has Turkish troops took up strategic positions across Idlib, Mr Erdogan said he would not leave the region “to the devices of the Assad regime”.
The Turkish leader told MPs: “Turkey has completed preparations for the implementation of its plan on Idlib, just like we did with previous operations. Frankly speaking, an operation in Idlib is only a matter of time. Turkey won’t leave Idlib to the devices of the Assad regime.”
Tensions in Idlib have escalated further since Turkey and Russia failed to reach an agreement after two rounds of talks in the last two weeks.
3:32 p.m. EET – Turkey has launched military actions in Idlib, Russia’s Su-35s fighters in the sky – the Turkish military went on the offensive on the position of the Syrian army in the province of Idlib, according to Twitter journalist Charles Lister, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to him, the operation is being carried out in the village of Nairab, in the area of which earlier in February one of the Syrian Air Force helicopters was shot down by militants. A column of Turkish military equipment, including several tanks, also went towards this village. In addition, artillery strikes were reported.
4:09 p.m. EET – Syria said it repels the attack in Idlib, a missile was aimed to Su-24 – the Syrian military repelled an attack by the armed opposition in the province of Idlib, which, according to some sources, was supported by the Turkish army, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according Lenta.ru and citing the state agency SANA.
Details are not given.
A Su-24 front-line bomber in the sky over Idlib province in Syria was fired from a portable anti-aircraft missile system, but was able to avoid a missile hit. The video was posted on Twitter by Syrian journalist Mohammed Gorab.
Who owns the plane is not specified. Such bombers are both at the disposal of the Russian air group in Syria, and as part of the Republican Air Force, but it is known that the Russian air forces in recent days have been especially active in Idlib and Aleppo. Al-Masdar News writes about the belonging of the bomber to the Russian forces.
4:21 p.m. EET – Russia’s Su-24 bombed over Idlib, Turkey stopped artillery strikes, Turkish soldiers died – Russian Su-24 bombers bombed pro-Turkish militants and terrorists who launched an offensive in Syrian Idlib. This is stated in the statement of the Center for the Reconciliation of the warring parties (CPVS) in Syria, which was received by the editors of “Lenta.ru“, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The organization said the airstrike helped the Syrian military repel attacks by militants who managed to break through the defenses of government forces in the area of the village of Nairab. The destruction of one tank, six infantry fighting vehicles and five rebel pickups is reported.
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