Commercial jet carrying 224 people crashes in the Sinai desert in area of Islamic insurgency; Egypt: no survivors, to soon to know cause of crash; ISIS claims it downed the jet.

The Islamic State group claimed that its local affiliate in the Sinai had succeeded in downing the aircraft, according to supporters on Twitter and the Aamaq website, which acts as a semi official news agency for Islamic State. According to the report, the organization said it did so in revenge for Russian airstrikes in Syria.

“Russians and everyone who is with you in the alliance: know that you have no safety on Muslim soil or in Muslim airspace,” read a statement attributed to ISIS. “The daily murdering of dozens in Syria by your airstrikes will bring disaster on you. Just as you kill, so you will be killed, God willing.”

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