Second Syrian government helicopter is shot down over Idlib in four days
A Syrian government helicopter has been shot down by rebels over Idlib for the second time in four days, opposition forces said today.
The Syrian National Coalition shared footage of a burning helicopter crashing to the ground as the rebels announced the aircraft had been shot down.
The rebels claimed that the Assad regime’s helicopter had been bombing civilian homes.
Numerous Middle Eastern media reports confirmed the shoot-down and said the helicopter had crashed in the countryside in the north-west of the country.
On Tuesday, rebels shot down a helicopter in the same region, killing the two crew members on board in a fiery crash.
Syrian troops have been on the offensive for weeks in Idlib province, which is the last stronghold of the anti-Assad rebels.
Tuesday’s attack came a day after five Turkish soldiers were killed in a government attack – prompting Ankara to retaliate with strikes on 115 government positions.
More to follow.
A second Syrian government helicopter has been shot down in four days (the first of the two, on Tuesday, is pictured)