Warplane crash in Syria leaves 25 dead


Damascus: Around 25 people were reported to have been killed and a few others wounded on Monday when a Syrian warplane crashed in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, activists reported.The war jet crashed over a popular marketplace in the town of Ariha in the countryside of Idlib, much of which has fallen recently to the so-called Jaish al-Fateh, or the Conquer Army, an alliance of several Jihadi groups, mainly the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front.

Activists said the Jaish al-Fateh downed the warplane with anti-aircraft missiles.Another activist group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, placed the death toll at no less than 12 civilians.Meanwhile, the oppositional Sham News Network posted photos of the aftermath of the plane crash, showing destroyed buildings and a ravaged square covered with debris and destroyed concrete. The official Syrian media is yet to comment to the incident.