April 14, 2016 / 4:25 PM / 2 years ago

Syrian fighter jet apparently downed, pilot believed rescued: monitor

AMMAN (Reuters) - A Syrian jet plane was probably shot down on Thursday by Islamic State militants near a military airport in southern Syria but the pilot appears to have been rescued, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had received information that the hardline group had hit and may have brought down a Syrian plane near Khalkhala airport, north east of the city of Sweida.

Earlier Amaq, a news agency close to the militants, said in a newsflash it had downed a Syrian army plane in the vicinity of the same airport.

Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Toby Chopra

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