A Syrian army helicopter has been shot down in northwest Syria, the place an intensifying authorities offensive to retake the nation’s final rebel-held areas has induced an enormous wave of displacement.
Syrian state media mentioned the plane was hit by a missile at roughly 1:40pm (11:40 GMT) on Friday close to the city of Urum al-Kubra within the western countryside of Aleppo.
“This lead the helicopter to crash, killing all crew on board,” SANA information company mentioned, with out offering any data on who was behind the incident.
The Nationwide Liberation Entrance insurgent group claimed duty in an announcement posted on the Telegram app.
Turkey‘s Anadolu information company additionally mentioned rebels reported hanging the helicopter whereas it was flying over the western Aleppo province.
The company mentioned the helicopter took off from an space close to the Aleppo metropolis heart amid “clashes between the opposition and regime forces” and was shot at from the Qibtan al-Jabal area. It was seen crashing, unleashing a plume of smoke, the company reported.
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The incident got here days after rebels mentioned that they had downed one other authorities helicopter on Tuesday close to the city of Nairab.
Since December, the Russia-backed Syrian authorities forces have been urgent forward with a ferocious assault on the final insurgent bastion within the nation’s northwest.
The offensive has triggered the most important wave of displacement within the nine-year battle, with greater than 800,000 folks fleeing…