The Turkish Defence Ministry said on March 3 that a warplane of the Syrian government forces had been shot down in the course of a Turkish-led military offensive launched in Idlib to push back the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.Kremlin tells Turkey it cannot guarantee safety of its planes over Idlib
The ministry described the downed jet as an L-39 warplane. The Syrian state news agency SANA separately reported that a Syrian warplane had been targeted by Turkish forces.
According to the ministry, 1 UAV, 6 tanks, 5 howitzers, 2 air defense systems were destroyed and 327 Syrian soldiers were "neutralized" in the past 24 hours.
On March 1, Turkey downed two Syrian jets in Idlib. The Syrian military closed the airspace over the province, warning that it would treat any violators as hostile targets and shoot them down.
The same day, the Russian Defence Ministry announced that it could not guarantee the safety of any Turkish aircraft flying over Syrian airspace.