Armed groups acting in the jihadist-held Syrian governorate of Idlib (northwest) shot down a plane from the Syrian Air Force, state television reported quoting a Syrian military source.
“One of our planes that had the task of destroying the major planes of the terrorist groupAl-Nusra Front was shot down on August 14 in the Tamania region with a missile launched by armed groups operating in that territory,” said the source cited by the Syria TV channel.
As he added, the pilot’s fate is unknown.
Meanwhile, Al-Nusra terrorists still have chemical weapons that can be used against civilians or Syrian military, warned the head of the Syrian Human Rights Network based in Damascus, Ahmad Khazem
“The Nusra Front continues to have chemical weapons, which were hidden since 2018 for use against the civilian population and the Syrian Army, […] its use is still possible,” he said.
Khazem explained that the potential use of chemical weapons could be caused by the progress of the Syrian Army in Idlib province or by instructions from abroad.
According to data from the Syrian Human Rights Network, toxic substances are found in the stores of combatants in the provinces of Hama, Idlib and Aleppo.
Khazem added that “in case of the use of toxic substances by terrorists and their allied groups, the Syrian Army and its ally, Russia, will plead guilty.”
The head of the Network also recalled that the dissemination in the media of information on the location of warehouses with chemical weapons contributed to terrorists postpone their provocations for an indefinite period.
In late May, the head of the Syrian Human Rights Network informed Sputnik, citing his own sources, that the terrorists created a warehouse with toxic substances in the town of Al-Mansura.
According to sources, the Al-Nusra Front terrorists prepared car bombs and Grad and Slon missiles equipped with toxic substances to apply against Aleppo civilians and Army positions and then hold government forces accountable for the attack.
Syria has been experiencing a conflict since March 2011 in which government forces face armed opposition groups and terrorist organizations.
In the province of Idlib, since 2015, there are more than a dozen different armed groups, the largest of which are the alliance of rebel groups of the National Liberation Front and the terrorist group Al-Nusra Front.
While in some areas the neutralization of the last pockets of resistance in the country continues, Syria has among its immediate objectives the political settlement, the reconstruction of the country and the return of refugees.