Idlib (Syria) - Five Russians on board a military helicopter were killed when it was shot down by ground fire in Syria, the Defense Ministry said.
Idlib (Syria) – Five Russians on board a military helicopter were killed when it was shot down by ground fire in Syria, the Defense Ministry said.
Three crew and two officers from Russia’s Reconciliation Center died, according to a Kremlin statement.
“On August 1, an Mi-8 transport helicopter has been shot down by ground fire in Idlib province after a delivery of humanitarian aid to the city of Aleppo. Three crew members and two officers from the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria were on board,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
It is not clear which group brought the helicopter down.
An alliance of rebel groups, including hardline jihadist factions, is the dominant power in Idlib.
In July, two Russian pilots were killed when their helicopter was shot down east of the city of Palmyra by so-called Islamic State (IS).
Last November, the pilot of a Russian Su-24 fighter plane was killed when the aircraft was shot down by Turkey on its border with Syria.