Russian Helicopter Down in Syria

A Russian helicopter forced to make an emergency landing in Syria was allegedly shot at by ISIS as it touched down. The helicopter landed near Syria’s Palmyra city yesterday, and was supposedly hit by a missile as it drew close to the runway.Despite the suspected attack, the crew returned safely to the Hmeimim air base, Russian news agencies quoted Russia’s defence ministry as saying.

Reports included one from Amaq, a news agency affiliated with Islamic State, saying a Russian military helicopter had been destroyed by rocket fire in Huwaysis, a rural area east of Homs province in central Syria.

Video uploaded to the Internet by Amaq on today showed two helicopters on the ground in an open area said to be in Huwaysis near Homs with one being hit by rocket and later engulfed in flames.

Huwaysis is more than 200 km (120 miles) from Hmeimim, a Russian air base southeast of the city of Latakia, on the northeastern coast of Syria .

Syrian state news agency SANA cited the Russian defence ministry as saying one of its helicopters and its crew had come under fire near the ancient city of Palmyra.


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