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.
All the previous footage about the uprising depicted drones and gunship helicopters used by the Assad regime against the protesters in Homs and Hama.
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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