Syrian opposition fighters on Monday (August 13th) claimed they shot down a military jet in the east as the government continued its assault on Aleppo and launched new raids in Damascus, AFP reported.
State media said a military plane crashed during a training mission in Deir Ezzor province after experiencing a technical malfunction.
The Free Syrian Army claimed it shot down the plane in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor. The group's spokesperson, Kassem Saadeddine, said the opposition fighters hit a MiG-21 jet with anti-aircraft weapons.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that the jet crashed.
"Eyewitnesses in Muhasen confirmed that a MiG was downed today, after it was hit and went up in flames," the Observatory stated.
If confirmed, the attack would be the first such strike against a Syrian plane since the crackdown began in March 2011.
The Syrian military advanced farther into opposition-held districts in Aleppo, as the Observatory reported tanks moving into Saif al-Dawla and continued shelling in Salaheddine.
In Damascus, security forces arrested 22 residents in a major operation in the capital's Old City, the Observatory said, adding that at least 50 people were killed in violence nationwide.