27 Aug 2012

Rebels claim helicopter down over Damascus

9:56 pm on 27 August 2012

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

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

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

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