Russian airliner crashes, 224 people dead

A Russian commercial plane traveling from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, to St. Petersburg, Russia, crashed in northern Sinai Saturday. The Egyptian government is reporting no survivors, leaving 224 people dead, including 17 children.

The crash site is also close to the area the Egyptian military has been fighting Islamic State forces, and an Islamic State affiliate is now claiming responsibility for the attack, the Telegraph and Agence France-Presse report.

A statement from the affiliate, currently unverified, is circulating on social media.

"The fighters of the Islamic State were able to down a Russian plane over Sinai province that was carrying over 220 Russian crusaders. They were all killed, thanks be to God," the statement reads.

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