The ISIS-linked media outlet Amaq released a dramatic footage of an explosion of Russian Mi-35 multi-role combat helicopter near the Syrian village of Huwaysis, located northwest of Palmyra city.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Mi-35 was delivering a humanitarian aid in the area when it was downed because of a technical failure. ISIS militants shelled the landing site with mortars and ‘damaged the helicopter’. The incident took place on November 3.
UPD: The Mi-35 was also hit with an anti-tank guided missile.
The Amaq video shows that the Mi-35 was blown up as result of the shelling:
The Mi-35’s crew (2 men) survived the incident and returned safely to the Russian Khmeimim Airbase in the province of Latakia.
The second helicopter that could be observed in the video was a search and rescue mission that had appeared on the scene to take the crew of downed Mi-35 helicopter.
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