Rebels down Rus­sian copter

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A RUS­SIAN mil­i­tary he­li­copter was shot down over Syria, killing all five peo­ple on board in the sin­gle dead­li­est in­ci­dent for Moscow since it in­ter­vened in the war.

The at­tack on Au­gust 1 came as Syr­ian rebel shelling left 28 civil­ians dead and dozens wounded in gov­ern­ment­con­trolled south­west­ern dis­tricts of the bat­tle­ground city of Aleppo.

Rus­sia’s de­fence min­istry an­nounced the he­li­copter’s down­ing, and said it was car­ry­ing three crew and two of­fi­cers.

“A Rus­sian Mi-8 mil­i­tary trans­port he­li­copter was shot down from the ground after de­liv­er­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to Aleppo,” the de­fence min­istry said in a state­ment quoted by Rus­sian news agen­cies.

The Krem­lin said all five peo­ple on board were as­sumed dead.

Lt-Gen Sergei Rud­skoy called the down­ing a “ter­ror­ist act” and said the Rus­sian de­fence min­istry was still try­ing to con­firm the fate of the Rus­sian ser­vice­men “through all pos­si­ble chan­nels”.

The in­ci­dent was the dead­li­est sin­gle at­tack on Rus­sian forces in Syria since Moscow be­gan its in­ter­ven­tion in sup­port of Pres­i­dent Bashar alAs­sad’s gov­ern­ment last Septem­ber.

It brought the to­tal num­ber of mem­bers of the Rus­sian forces killed in Syria to 18. –

Photo: AFP

Syr­ian rebels gather around the wreck­age of the Rus­sian Mi-8 mil­i­tary trans­port he­li­copter that was shot down near Aleppo on Au­gust 1.

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