World Bulletin / News Desk
A video that shows a Syrian government fighter jet bursting into flames while under fire from rebels was posted on the Internet on Monday.
The downing of a warplane would be a rare event for lightly armed rebels faced with the superior weaponry of President Bahsar al-Assad's forces.
In recent months the government has begun to use its air power to try to crush a 17-month-old uprising.
The video uploaded on YouTube was filmed by an opposition activist who said he was in the north-eastern town of Mohassen in Syria's Deir al-Zor province. It was not clear when it was filmed and it was not possible to verify the location.
The footage shows a warplane streaking through the skies amid heavy gunfire. The jet suddenly erupts into flames and begins to swirl, leaving a trail of smoke.
"God is greatest! A MiG fighter jet has been hit in the town of Mohassen," the activist shouted. There was no indication from the video that the jet had been hit by rebel gunfire or an anti-aircraft missile.
An opposition source working with rebels in the area told Reuters the rebels used anti-aircraft guns to down the jet.
"It was a Mig-21 brought down by a 14.5 anti-aircraft gun, the biggest in the rebel arsenal. The plane was flying too low and was within range. We have no information whether the pilot survived," the source said.
Rebels, whose armoury is made up mostly of assault rifles, explosives and rocket-propelled grenades, say they are unable to compete with the army's air power.
In recent weeks, fighter jets have been seen firing rockets on rebel-held villages and the northern city of Aleppo.
Meshaal, 60, was elected the head of Hamas’ political bureau in 1996
Opposition forces now stand 15 kilometers away from Hama city, which has a military airport
Palestinian prisoners announce three-day hunger strike in protest against Hamdouna's death
The Security Council was set to meet Sunday to discuss the upsurge in violence since the Syrian army announced an offensive to retake the rebel-held east of the devastated city.
More than 900 square kilometers have been cleansed of extremists in northern Syria, according to the Turkish army
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says hard to believe US-led coalition forces forgot locations during Sept. 17 airstrike
Egyptian authorities have not yet released any official statement on the reported arrests
Saturday’s verdicts are still subject to appeal
Facing the Senate Armed Services Committer, General Joseph Dunford and Defense Secretary Ash Carter reported on the ongoing military operations and admitted that removing Assad was not a priority for the US
Residential districts pounded by airstrikes, killing and injuring hundreds, with toll expected to rise with survivors claiming the attacks were akin to doomsday
Mr Lavrov laid the blame on the US for failing to control the rebel groups it backs saying there was no other alternative for Syria except for the US-Russia agreement
The Syrian White Helmets have been recognised for "outstanding bravery, compassion and humanitarian engagement in rescuing civilians".
PKK/PYD extremist organizations force people to join, Syrians says.
Residential parts of city’s Al-Ansari, Al-Sokkari, Tariq al-Bab, Al-Shear districts pounded by airstrikes
President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has the US on Thursday of not complying with the landmark nuclear agreement that took effect in January, and that their credibility would suffer if the accord were not honored.
"An assailant attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at the Elias junction, near the community of Kiryat Arba," a military statement said.