30 August 2012
The Free Syrian Army (FSA) claimed on Thursday that it had shot down a government MiG-23 fighter jet in the northwestern Idlib Province, Al Arabiya TV reported.

A video, exclusively obtained by the TV channel, shows the aircraft falling from the sky and billowing smoke. Two pilots, who safely ejected, are also seen descending by parachutes.

The Syrian authorities have made no comment on the incident so far.

The FSA also claimed on Thursday that it had destroyed 11 helicopters and a number of tanks around the Tiftiaz military airport. The airport, located in the northern city of Aleppo, is one of the country’s largest bases for military helicopters

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