Syria rebels claim downing of helicopter

2012-08-27 12:01

Damascus - A rebel Free Syrian Army group claimed it had shot down an army helicopter in Damascus on Monday and that the pilot had been killed, a spokesperson said.

"It was in revenge for the Daraya massacre," Omar al-Qabooni, a spokesperson for the Badr Battalion in Damascus said via Skype, referring to the reported killing of at least 320 people in a town southwest of Damascus during a five-day government offensive.

He said the rebels had found the body of the pilot after the burning aircraft crashed to the ground in the district of Qaboon during heavy shelling and fierce fighting in the area.

State television said a helicopter crashed without giving more information.

An anti-regime activist who identified herself as Alexia also said via Skype: "It was the Free Syrian Army for sure."

Hundreds of bodies

The claims could not be independently verified.

Syrian rebels claimed to have shot down a warplane on 13 August in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it believed the helicopter "was hit while it was being used in fighting nearby".

It reported clashes between troops and the FSA in several areas of Damascus, including Qaboon and the neighbouring district of Jubar - where anti-regime sentiment is strong - and several nearby towns east of the city.

The violence flared a day after the Observatory reported the discovery of hundreds of bodies in Daraya after what opposition militants said was a "massacre" by government troops.

  • imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-27 12:19

    Great Syrian shahid, may Allah be pleased with you and accept you in the company of those who have earned his favour, not those who have earned his anger, inshallah ameen. As for the terrorists and their lovers, la lucha continua. To the Syrian people, just like Imam Hussein never gave up to his enemies, never surrender to the unjust and the godless, fight until the end for your independence of the , no matter what price.

      tom.poe.12 - 2012-08-27 12:41

      You seem to contradict yourself......are you speaking in favour of the Rebels or Asad's forces?

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-08-27 14:58

      LOL , sure lot of terrorists to keep a standing nations army so busy for 18 months. here's a taste of Husseins 'independence' : Ask their soccer team how cool he was!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-28 21:06

      The arabian moon god???

  • imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-27 12:59

    Never with rebels, let the rebels go to hell. The martyrs/shahids are the Syrian solders defending their people against terrorists.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-27 15:42

      Imam is squarely in the dark side, the side of the dark forces. Dark energy is weaker than light. It contracts and disintegrates over time. He is disintegrating and contracting as he writes. Like Assad.

  • imam.madi.129 - 2012-08-27 16:25

    The western project is failing in Syria, let the terrorist and dogs war have siesta, just dream about victory.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-08-28 21:29

      I guess it would be Mahdi. But you are not intelligent enough.

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