Video of moment rebels shot down Syrian government helicopter

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 of moment rebels shot down Syrian government helicopter

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.


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