: Aljazeera: Syria - Russian pilots killed as 'ISIL downs helicopter' (video)

12:34 Jul. 10, 2016

Aljazeera: Syria - Russian pilots killed as 'ISIL downs helicopter' (video)

In this Thursday, April 14, 2016 photo, a Russian military camp is seen at the ancient city of Palmyra in the central city of Homs, Syria (AP Photo)

Military helicopter involved in anti-ISIL operation crashes near Palmyra after being hit by gunfire from the ground

Two Russian pilots have been killed in Syria after fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) shot down their helicopter near Palmyra, Russia's defense ministry has said according to local media.

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The two men had been attacking a group of ISIL fighters in the Homs region on Friday, when the military chopper they were in ran out of ammunition, the Interfax news agency said, quoting the defense ministry.

"The turning helicopter was hit by militants' gunfire from the ground and crashed in the area controlled by the Syrian government army. The crew died," Interfax said.

ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack, according to SITE monitoring group.

Read also: Russian airbase allegedly destroyed in Syria - Stratfor

Footage published on Saturday by ISIL's affiliated news agency Amaq showed a helicopter being shot and crashing to the ground. Full story  

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