In northern Syria, a rebel group claimed it brought down a Syrian MiG-23 fighter plane near the rebel-held town of Daret Azzeh and captured its pilot, according to activists. A report by turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency quoting rebels in the area said the jet was shot down most likely by a missile.
Amateur video posted online by activists showed what appears to be the wreckage of the plane still on fire.
‘‘O Bashar, this is your plane, it has become wreckage at the hands of the Free Army,’’ says the video’s narrator, adding it was shot down with a missile.
Another video showed a wounded man wearing what appeared to be an aviator’s uniform being carried away. ‘‘This is the pilot who was shelling the homes of civilians,’’ said the voice on camera.
The videos appeared to match activists’ reports of what went on in the area.
Opposition fighters have shot down helicopters and claim to have brought down warplanes in the past, although the rebels repeatedly complain their arsenal is no match for the regime’s fighter jets and attack helicopters.
In recent weeks rebels have captured several air bases with anti-aircraft weapons, but it is not known if they have the ability to operate them.
In other violence Wednesday a car bomb exploded in the southern village of Busra al-Hariri and regime warplanes struck rebel-held areas in the northern Idlib province and Damascus suburbs.
Karam reported from Beirut. Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey contributed to this report.