Russian helicopter pilot dies in crash in northern Syria

Russian helicopter pilot dies in crash in northern Syria

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Damascus, Feb 28 (EFE) .- A Russian helicopter crashed this Sunday in an area under the control of Turkish forces and Syrian opposition factions in northeast Syria, which caused the death of the pilot, without knowing the causes. of the fall of the device, reported the official Syrian news agency SANA and military sources to Efe.

The SANA agency indicated that a Russian helicopter “fell between the villages of Al Rihaniya and Al Qasimia, which are located west of Tal Tamr in the northwest of Hasakah,” and according to preliminary information, the pilot of the aircraft died, while there is “other injured among crew members”, without giving further details.

On the other hand, a Syrian military source, who requested anonymity, confirmed to Efe that the Russian pilot died and three other crew members were injured.

The two sources assured that “so far, the cause of the accident is unknown.”

On the other hand, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the helicopter fell near the Al Mabaqer base, which the Russian forces are using as a military base.

He added that the injured are “serious”, without giving further details.

Since 2015, Russia has intervened militarily in Syria and has become the main ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia is in the northeastern area of ​​Syria, controlled by the Kurdish administration, after the latter allowed its military units to enter after a Turkish offensive against the Kurds.

In that offensive, which was launched in October 2019, the Turks and Syrian factions managed to occupy a large territory and a ceasefire was finally established with Russia, who mediated in that military operation that lasted two weeks.

(c) EFE Agency


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