Syrian army warplane crashes in rebel-held town

More than a dozen people have died after a Syrian government fighter jet crashed into a busy market in the northwestern Idlib province. Activists have said scores of mostly civilians were injured.

The Syrian military jet came down in a residential area in the rebel-held town of Ariha on Monday, killing at least 17 people and wounding dozens more, activists said.

Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there had been heavy bombing by forces loyal to embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the time of the crash.

An amateur video posted online by activists appeared to show several damaged buildings as well as wreckage from the plane. There was no immediate response from the Syrian army, and it was not clear whether the aircraft crashed due to a mechanical failure or because it was shot down.

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Source News: DW