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