The heart-breaking moment a Syrian government helicopter was shot down by Turkish-backed rebel groups in western Syria, was captured live on video.
Video shows a Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter in flames somewhere near the town of Nerab, which was recently captured by government troops, before it breaks up and plummets from the skyUK Mirror reports.
The attack comes a day after five Turkish soldiers were killed in a government attack – prompting Ankara to retaliate with strikes on 115 government positions.
The Turkish military said 101 of the targets had been destroyed, including three tanks, two mortar positions and one helicopter.
A second helicopter was downed Tuesday as rebels supported by Turkish artillery advanced towards Nairab to push back Russian-led forces, Abdulah al Shami, a commander in a coalition of mainstream rebel factions, said.