Syrian regime plane shoot down regime plane at Syria-Turkey border crossing
HATAY/BEIRUT - Agence France-Presse
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A Syrian regime plane was shot down at the Kasab crossing on the border with Turkey March 23, where fierce fighting between rebels and the army has been under way for three days.
Agence France-Presse reported that the plane was shot down by Turkish anti-aircraft weapons, citing a Syrian NGO.
"Turkish air defences targeted a Syrian fighter bomber as it struck areas of the northern province of Latakia. The plane caught fire and crashed in Syrian territory," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, according to the AFP.
Private broadcaster NTV quoted Turkish sources which claimed the plane was shot after it violated Turkish airspace, But the report has not been confirmed by the general staff.
The plane crushed on the buffer zone between the borders separating Syria's Latakia region and Hatay's Samandağ district, Doğan News Agency reported.
Kasab is the westernmost border crossing between Turkey and Syria.
The fighting raged for the control of th key crossing, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
"Fighters from [the Al-Qaeda-affiliated] al-Nusra Front and other groups have attacked the crossing and forced out regime forces and national defence auxiliaries," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
Syrian regime plane shoot down regime plane at Syria-Turkey border crossing - MIDEAST