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Helicopter crashes in Damascus

Post by gvla on Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:57 am





Armed rebels in Syria say they have shot down a military helicopter over the capital, Damascus.

The Free Syrian Army said the aircraft had been firing at people in the north-eastern district of Jobar, and that it had crashed in neighbouring Qabun.

State television confirmed that a helicopter had come down in Qabun.

On Sunday, opposition activists said government forces had massacred more than 300 people during their assault on the south-western suburb of Darayya.

Video footage and photographs have emerged, showing scores of bodies, including those of women and children.

State media blamed the opposition for the killings and said Darayya had been "cleansed of terrorist remnants".

The chairman of the UN Human Rights Council's Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Paulo Pinheiro, told the BBC the killings might constitute a war crime.

According to opposition activists, the military helicopter was shot down as it was bombarding Jobar, as heavy fighting broke out between rebels and government forces.

Witnesses told the Reuters news agency the helicopter burst into flames after being hit by a projectile during an exchange of fire and crashed in a narrow residential street in Qabun.

"It was flying overhead the eastern part of the city and firing all morning. The rebels had been trying to hit it for about an hour, and finally they did," said Abu Bakr, a local activist.

Activists posted video footage online which appears to show a burning helicopter crashing to the ground. Rebels can be heard shouting: "Allahu Akbar (God is greatest)."

State TV confirmed that a helicopter had crashed near the al-Ghufran mosque in Qabun, though it did not say if it had been shot down.

A spokesman for the FSA's Badr Battalion in Damascus, Omar al-Qabuni, told the AFP news agency that the body of the pilot had been found.

"It was in revenge for the Darayya massacre," he added.

The FSA also claimed to have shot down a Mig-23 fighter jet on 13 August in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour.

The helicopter appears to have been taking part in an increasingly fierce attempt by government forces to regain control of the capital's suburbs, and heavy clashes are said to have erupted after it came down.

On Sunday, military helicopters were firing rockets at Jobar and the neighbouring districts of Zamalka and Irbin, activists said.

Meanwhile, President Bashar al-Assad has reiterated his claim that a "foreign" conspiracy is behind the uprising in Syria and promised that he would not allow it to succeed "whatever the price might be".

"What is happening right now is not just a plot directed against Syria but the region as a whole, of which Syria is a foundational stone," he was quoted as saying by the state news agency, Sana.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19389028

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Re: Helicopter crashes in Damascus

Post by Mix on Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:18 am

Thats why there is Mi24 for such missions with so many small arms fire in the operation zone.

Anyway they say that crew of 4 is killed in the crash, and Syrian army said that they located vehicle which had AA gun and bombed it killing its operators
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Re: Helicopter crashes in Damascus

Post by gvla on Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:51 am

Syria says army helicopter crashed after hitting airliner with 200 aboard

A Syrian military helicopter that crashed near the capital Damascus on Thursday hit the tail of a passenger plane but the 200 people on board escaped unharmed, Syria’s information ministry said, as death toll mounted across the country.

As many as 66 people have been killed by the syrian forces across the country, activists said.

“The helicopter struck the tail of the plane ... The control tower at Damascus airport confirmed that the plane landed safely at Damascus airport and all 200 passengers are in good health,” a statement published on the state news channel Suriya said.

Suriya said earlier that a helicopter had crashed in the town of Duma east of the Syrian capital, without giving any details.

Rebel fighters seeking to overthrow Bashar al-Assad have increasingly attacked planes and helicopters which the Syrian president has used to crush opposition strongholds, bringing down a helicopter on the outskirts of Damascus on Aug. 27.

Early September, the Free Syrian Army claimed that it had downed two Syrian government MiG jets in Abu al-Dhuhour, an area in the northwestern province of Idlib.

On the ground, Syrian rebels seized a crossing on the Turkish border Wednesday, the fourth they have captured in recent months.

Turkish media footage showed rebel fighters pulling down the regime flag at a crossing on the main highway between the city of Raqa in northeastern Syria and the Turkish city of Sanliurfa.

Turkey’s Anatolia news agency reported that the rebels tore down Assad’s pictures to celebrate the capture, but an opposition activist in Raqa said that fighting was still raging as government troops tried to recapture the crossing.

Meanwhile, rebels withdrew from three southern districts of Damascus after weeks of heavy combat and shelling, while the army bombarded parts of the capital, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The bodies of 11 people were found in the Jobar district of Damascus, some of them belonging to people who had been detained by security forces, the Britain-based Observatory said, adding that nationwide at least 68 people were killed in violence on Wednesday, 50 of them civilians.

A network of activists, the Syrian Revolution General Commission (SRGC), described the al-Hajar al-Aswad, Qadam and Assali districts, as well as the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, as “disaster areas.”
http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/09/20/239107.html
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Re: Helicopter crashes in Damascus

Post by gvla on Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:43 am

Rebels down fighter jet in northern Syria - witness


(Reuters) - Rebel fighters trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad shot down a fighter jet as it flew over the northern Syrian town of Atarib in Idlib province, a witness said.
The witness, an independent journalist who asked to remain anonymous, said rebel fighters were attacking a military base near the town when the jet flew over and rebels shot it down with anti-aircraft guns.

Vastly outgunned, rebels say they need surface-to-air missiles to take down planes and helicopters used by the Syrian military to bombard opposition strongholds.
Fighters use outdated anti-aircraft machine guns that are welded to pickup trucks but they are inaccurate and useless if the military aircraft fly above a certain altitude.

On August 27 fighters shot down a helicopter on the outskirts of Damascus and three days later rebels said they had brought down a jet in Idlib, near the Turkish border.

Activists say more than 27,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the 18-month-old revolt in Syria, which began with peaceful street protests that provoked a military crackdown and mushroomed into civil war.

Despite calling for Assad to step down, the West is wary of arming disparate rebel groups.

(Writing by Oliver Holmes; Editing by Rosalind Russell)

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/09/22/uk-syria-crisis-jet-idUKBRE88L03P20120922
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Re: Helicopter crashes in Damascus

Post by gvla on Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:10 am


http://avherald.com/h?article=45671063

By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Sep 25th 2012 19:58Z, last updated Tuesday, Oct 2nd 2012 11:23Z
A Syrian Arab Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration YK-AKF performing flight RB-501 from Damascus to Latakia (Syria), was climbing through FL120 out of Damascus when the main rotor of a military helicopter clipped the upper half of the vertical stabilizer and rudder off the airliner. The helicopter crashed, the A320 was able to return to Damascus for a safe landing. The helicopter crew died, there were no injuries aboard the A320, the A320 received substantial damage.

A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration YK-AKC reached Latakia and onward destination Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) with a delay of 5 hours.

Syria's Information Ministry reported the aircraft carried 200 people.

Detail of damage seen from the left hand side:




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Re: Helicopter crashes in Damascus

Post by gvla on Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:28 pm

Rebels down fighter jet near Aleppo, activists say

Syrian rebel forces shot down a regime fighter jet some 10 kilometres west of Aleppo on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Rebels have also reportedly captured two air defence bases, one in Homs and another near Damascus.

Syrian rebels shot down a fighter jet in the northern province of Aleppo on Saturday, a monitoring group and a military defector said.

"The rebels shot down the fighter jet in the west of Aleppo province, where fierce battles are taking place," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. "The jet was bombarding the village of Khan al-Asal."

A defected military officer in the province confirmed the reports, adding that what he said was a MiG jet was shot down some 10 kilometres (six miles) west of Aleppo, scene of fierce battles since July 20.

Amateur video shot by activists and distributed by the Observatory showed groups of people gathering around a pile of embers, and smoke rising from the scene, as men fired their weapons into the air in celebration.

It also showed the tail of a fixed-wing aircraft, blackened by fire and broken off from the body of the plane.

"God is greatest," people shouted.

"People celebrate when planes are shot down because they are used to bombard civilian areas," said Abdel Rahman.

A second video shot and distributed by activists showed a rebel fighter leading an amateur cameraman to the destroyed remains of the jet.

"These are the planes of (President Bashar) al-Assad!" cried one unidentified man.

"The rebels likely used 23 mm anti-aircraft guns to shoot this plane down," said the Observatory's Abdel Rahman.

The rebel Free Syrian Army has shot down two MiG fighter jets in recent weeks.

On August 30, the rebels shot down a MiG fighter jet near a military airport in the northwestern province of Idlib.

Two weeks earlier, the FSA shot down another one in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.

Experts say the Syrian army has been worn down by an increase in the number of battle fronts and rebel attacks that have cut major supply routes and undermined the regime's military superiority.

The army relies mainly on its monopoly on air power to slow the progress of the insurgency.

http://www.france24.com/en/20121013-rebels-down-fighter-jet-near-aleppo-syrian-observatory-human-rights?
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