Beirut A Syrian government helicopter was shot down in the northwest of the country on Friday, according to military officials and activists. A military spokesman for the Syrian state media said the crew had been killed. The helicopter was hit by an “enemy missile” in the west of Aleppo province.
The UK-based Human Rights Observatory said Turkish troops shot down the helicopter in the village of Kibtan al-Jebel. Two crew members were killed. The bodies were found near the crash site. As can be seen in videos published online, a helicopter crashed from the sky in a spiral. Observers cheered.
A Syrian military offensive is underway in the northwest of the country to drive opposition fighters out of the last area they hold. National Liberation Front rebels supported by Turkey said they shot the helicopter in retaliation for indiscriminate attacks by the Syrian army on civilians.
The violence has displaced 800,000 people since December 1st. Many of them live outdoors at temperatures below zero degrees.
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