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Russian fighter plane shot down by Syrian rebels who 'capture pilot'

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UN humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland

The pilot ejected but was killed by militants on the ground.

In other videos locals run up to the flaming wreckage of the military where it crash landed.

The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed one of its Su-25 warplanes was downed in Idlib province in northwest Syria, state media outlet RIA Novosti reported.

The Sukhoi-25 is a close-support ground-attack aircraft. The pilot resisted being captured and fired at the militants who then shot and killed him, according to one of the militants and Syrian monitors.

The Ibaa News Agency of the al-Qaeda-linked Levant Liberation Committee, said Russian and Syrian warplanes and helicopter gunships have been pounding Saraqeb and Tel Mardeekh village in Idlib since the early hours of Saturday.

The militants appeared to have shot down the Su-25 fighter jet using a man-portable antiaircraft system, Russia's Interfax news agency quoted the Defense Ministry saying.

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Russian Federation has been providing air support to the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad in his fight against rebel groups and terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda.

According to the human rights group, the plane was downed Saturday afternoon in the northwestern rebel-held Idlib province, near the rebel-held town of Saraqeb, which Syrian troops have been trying to take under the cover of Russian airstrikes. "When conducting a fight with terrorists, the pilot died", the Defense Ministry said.

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The SU-34 Fullback was first deployed to Syria in September 2015.

It agreed on the creation of a commission to discuss the country's post-war constitution.

A copy of the final statement did not mention the fate of Moscow's ally President Bashar al-Assad.

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