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Syria Warplane Crashes, Kills Many     08/03 06:25

   BEIRUT (AP) -- Air raids and the subsequent crash of a Syrian warplane in a 
residential area in the northwestern town of Ariha on Monday killed and wounded 
dozens of people, two activist groups said.

   The Local Coordination Committees said the warplane crashed in a busy market 
in Ariha, adding that it was not immediately clear whether the warplane was 
shot down.

   Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human 
Rights, said the warplane crashed in the center of the town, destroying several 
homes and killing at least 12 people.

   The town of Ariha, once a government stronghold, was captured by opposition 
fighters and Islamic militants in May. The town is in the northwestern province 
of Idlib, where government forces have suffered setbacks since March, including 
the loss of the provincial capital, which is also called Idlib.

   The Observatory and the Local Coordination Committees said that at the time 
of the crash, the town was under attack by the air force of embattled Syrian 
President Bashar Assad.

   An amateur video posted online by activists showed several damaged 
buildings, as well as parts of the plane that crashed. The video appeared 
genuine and corresponded to other Associated Press reporting of the events.

   Syria's civil war began in March 2011. The United Nations says the war has 
killed more than 220,000 people and wounded at least 1 million. 


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