The following video shows a Syrian Arab Air Force Mig-21 overflying Hama, a town located some 220 km to the north of Damascus, Syria, on May 9, 2012.
Even if the video could be the first evidence of a fighter jet flying in Syria in 2012, the flypast does not imply the Mig was involved in any air-to-surface activity against the Free Syrian Army on the ground: Hamah airbase, located nearby, is used by the Syrian regime to launch drones, attack helicopters, cargo planes, and the Mig-21 spotted over Hama could be flying a local training sortie.
A previous video filmed at Hamah, disclosed the presence of several SyAAF Mig-21s in (seemingly) flying conditions.
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