Syrian warplane crashes near Damascus, cause unknown

A warplane that belongs to forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad flies over the northwestern city of Idlib March 26, 2015. (File photo: Reuters)

A Syrian warplane crashed north of Damascus on Wednesday, but it was unclear if it had been shot down or crashed because of a technical fault, monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The jet crashed in the Eastern Qalamoun area near the Syrian capital. The fate of the pilot was unknown, the British-based Observatory said.

ISIS in an online statement that the plane had been shot down.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48