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The Syrian News Agency announced that a helicopter belonging to the Syrian Army shot down the northwest of the country on Friday, killing its crew. This incident, the second of its kind this week, comes amid escalating tensions between Turkey and Syria.
Against the background of escalating tension between Turkey And Syria In the second incident of its kind this week, Friday, a Syrian army helicopter was shot down in northwestern Syria and the crew on board was killed, according to the Syrian News Agency.
“One of our military hovercraft was hit by a hostile missile in the western countryside of Aleppo, near Greater Urm, where armed terrorist organizations supported by Turkey are deployed,” SANA quoted a military source as saying. He added, “This resulted in the fall of the helicopter and the death of its crew”, without specifying its number.
For his part, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdel Rahman said that the helicopter was shot down in Aleppo governorate “as a result of being targeted by Turkish forces stationed there with a guided missile,” noting that the bodies of two pilots were found. Ankara did not immediately comment on the incident.
This comes as Syrian regime forces, with the support of their Russian ally, launched an offensive since December in northwestern Syria against the last stronghold of jihadists and opposition factions.
For its part, Anatolia News Agency pointed to the accident, but without giving details.
It is the second accident of its kind this week. On Tuesday, a Syrian army helicopter was shot down by a missile also attributed to Turkish forces in the neighboring Idlib governorate, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Syrian newspaper Al-Watan reported at the time that three crew members were killed.
For its part, the Turkish media attributed the responsibility of the incident to fighters loyal to Ankara.
Tensions rose between Damascus and Ankara, which urged the regime to stop its offensive against Idlib and the surrounding areas. This month, unprecedented confrontations took place between Turkish soldiers and Syrian forces in the northwest of the country.