Syrian fighter pilot defects to Jordan

A Syrian fighter plane has landed at a military air base in the north of Jordan and the pilot has been granted political asylum, officials say.

Jordan's information minister said the MiG-21 pilot, an air force colonel, was being debriefed.

Syria has condemned the pilot as a traitor, and has asked the Jordanian government for the return of its plane.

Meanwhile violence continues to prevent Red Cross teams from moving civilians out of the old city of Homs.

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