Five killed as Russian chopper shot down in Syria
Aug.1, Damascus: Five crew members were killed as a Russian military chopper was shot down in Syria, the Kremlin said. The helicopter shot down on Sunday in the rebel-held Idlib province had three crew members and two officers on board.
Russia's defence ministry was cited as saying that the helicopter, an Mi-8 military transport helicopter, had been shot down after delivering humanitarian aid to the city of Aleppo as it made its way back to Russia's main air base in Syria, reports said.
Russia is backing the Syrian government in the civil war with military support.
Photos had circulated on social media of the "smoking wreckage of the helicopter in the deserts of Syria" after it was gunned down," Al Jazeera reported.
The Oslo Times International News Network