Syrian plane crashes near Damascus, 2 killed

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DAMASCUS, Oct 7 (Reuters) A small aircraft apparently used by the Syrian military crashed today near Damascus killing at least two people, witnesses said.

The plane came down in Muadamiet al-Sham district, 7 km west of Damascus, they said.

''The plane looked like a training aircraft. Two bodies were pulled from the wreckage,'' Mohammad Nasser, one of the witnesses, told Reuters. ''It came down among gardens and did not hit houses.'' Another witness saw a truck carrying the wreckage to the Mezzeh military airport. He said he saw no military markings on the plane.

The crash came at a time of heightened tension between Syria and Israel, which carried out an air strike deep inside Syrian territory on Sept 6. Both sides have given little information about the target.


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