Video: Syrian helicopter shot down by Turkish-backed rebels
As Turkish-backed rebels clash with Russian-backed Syrian troops loyal to the Assad regime, tensions continue to rise after a rebel group shot down a Soviet-era helicopter belonging to the Syrian military.
Video footage obtained from rebel groups shows a Mi-17 Hip transport helicopter disintegrate into a flurry of flame and parts after being hit, a spectacle of carnage from which there would be no survivors.
The helicopter went into a nose-over-tail death spiral before coming to earth one last time.
The shootdown took place over Idlib City, where rebels supported by Turkish Artillery were advancing near the town to push back Russian-led forces.
On Monday evening, the Turkish military hit 115 pro-Assad targets, destroying all but fourteen of them. The strikes were an act of retaliation for a recent attack that killed five Turkish soldiers.
French media outlets claimed that the Turkish government denied direct responsibility in the downing of the Hip helicopter.
Turkish President R.T. Erdogan promised retaliation for every Turkish soldier that has fallen -or will fall- in battle.
“The more they attack… our soldiers, they will pay a very, very heavy price,” he said on Turkish state TV.
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