Syrian insurgents destroy Russian helicopter with missile

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Amateur video uploaded to social media purports to show Syrian fighters shooting a missile at a Russian helicopter and destroying it. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Syrian insurgents destroy Russian helicopter with missile

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION)

STORY: Syrian fighters destroyed a Russian helicopter with a missile, shortly after they forced it to make an emergency landing in a nearby government-held area in Syria’s Latakia province on Tuesday (November 24), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

A Syrian insurgent group, recipient of U.S. TOW missiles, said its fighters hit the helicopter with an anti-tank missile while it was in the air and put out a video purporting to show the helicopter being blown up after one of its fighters struck it with another missile.

“God is great, God is great. Thank God. God is great, Thank God. The plane is burning, God is great. Thank God,” one of fighters is heard saying in the video.

Rami Abdulrahman from the Observatory, which tracks the conflict in Syria though a wide network of sources, said at least ten people were in the helicopter when it was hit by the insurgents but they were all evacuated when it landed and before the missile destroyed it.

The Russian defence ministry did not answer calls from Reuters seeking comment on the reports about the helicopter.

The incident follows the downing of a Russian war plane in Syria by Turkey earlier on Tuesday. Turkey says the jet violated its airspace but Russia says it did not cross Turkey’s border.

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