12:34 Jul. 10, 2016
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.
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.
Footage published on Saturday by ISIL's affiliated news agency Amaq showed a helicopter being shot and crashing to the ground. Full story