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Syria: FSA affiliate video claims Russian-made helicopter was destroyed near Latakia01:53

Syria: FSA affiliate video claims Russian-made helicopter was destroyed near Latakia

Syrian Arab Republic, near Latakia
November 24, 2015 at 15:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Militants from the 'First Coastal Division' affiliated to the Free Syrian Army released footage of them shooting at a helicopter that had landed in what is believed to be government-held territory near Latakia, Tuesday.

The militant group released the footage in which two militiamen could be seen setting up a rocket launcher and then firing it and destroying a helicopter situated on an adjacent hill. Russia's Defence Ministry earlier dispatched several helicopters to the crash site of the Su-24 fighter jet that was downed by Turkish F-16 fighter jets earlier on Tuesday in a bid to search for the pilots who were on board. The Defence Ministry has not confirmed that the helicopter in the footage was Russian.

Turkey says it shot down the Sukhoi Su-24 jet for an alleged violation of their airspace, after purportedly warning the pilots 10 times. However, Russia has denied the claim it violated Turkish airspace, with reports instead suggesting it may have been downed by artillery from the ground, while at an altitude of 6,000 metres, though further investigations are needed, according to officials.

The plane reportedly came down in a mountainous area in the northern countryside of Latakia province. The pilots of the jet had ejected and parachuted to the ground, a space contested by the Syrian army and the insurgent opposition forces.

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Militants from the 'First Coastal Division' affiliated to the Free Syrian Army released footage of them shooting at a helicopter that had landed in what is believed to be government-held territory near Latakia, Tuesday.

The militant group released the footage in which two militiamen could be seen setting up a rocket launcher and then firing it and destroying a helicopter situated on an adjacent hill. Russia's Defence Ministry earlier dispatched several helicopters to the crash site of the Su-24 fighter jet that was downed by Turkish F-16 fighter jets earlier on Tuesday in a bid to search for the pilots who were on board. The Defence Ministry has not confirmed that the helicopter in the footage was Russian.

Turkey says it shot down the Sukhoi Su-24 jet for an alleged violation of their airspace, after purportedly warning the pilots 10 times. However, Russia has denied the claim it violated Turkish airspace, with reports instead suggesting it may have been downed by artillery from the ground, while at an altitude of 6,000 metres, though further investigations are needed, according to officials.

The plane reportedly came down in a mountainous area in the northern countryside of Latakia province. The pilots of the jet had ejected and parachuted to the ground, a space contested by the Syrian army and the insurgent opposition forces.

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