Syrian rebels say shot down helicopter over Damascus

BEIRUT Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:11pm EDT

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels said they had shot down an army helicopter over the Damascus district of Qaboun on Tuesday, the third day of fierce fighting in the capital between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and his opponents.

"Helicopters are flying at low altitude. It's easy to target them using anti-aircraft weapons," a senior rebel officer told Reuters. An activist and another rebel fighter also said the helicopter was brought down in Qaboun, in northeast Damascus.

Residents say security forces backed by helicopter gunships and artillery have been battling rebels in the heaviest fighting inside the capital since the uprising against Assad erupted 16 months ago.

They said many roads in and out of the city were closed.

There has been little official comment on the fighting but state television said security forces were chasing "remnants of armed terrorist groups" in the central Midan district. In nearby Nahr Aisha they also clashed with "terrorists" who were trying to block roads, it said.

(Reporting by Mariam Karouny; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Arabi_Souri wrote:
They also provided a picture of the copter in case you’re interested on one of their Facebook Pages: here’s the link:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=320511198042567&set=a.118848944875461.23246.113286938764995&type=1

Jul 17, 2012 12:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Khantona wrote:
That is not true, the rebel shot 30 helicopters, killed 300, and took 3000 prisoners, all inside Damascus, and all within 3 hours.

It was confirmed by the main source of information about Syria, based in London.

We are no different than any one who throw any information within any article.

Have a good day.

Jul 17, 2012 2:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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