Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) claimed on July 5 that its air-defense units had hit a helicopter of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) over the northern Hama countryside.
“The air defense companies of the al-Fath al-Mubin[HTS-led] operations room announced that a helicopter of criminal regime was hit … It left the airspace of the liberated areas after being damaged,” the terrorist group’s news network, Iba’a, said in a press release.
As usual, HTS didn’t present any proof to back its claims, which were not confirmed by any source on the government or the opposition side.
Last month, the terrorist group made at least three similar claims. All of them were proven to be false. Funny enough, the group’s claims came on a weekly basis. This allows to suggest that they were scheduled.
The lack of any proof and the timing of these claims indicate that they are a mere propaganda stunt by HTS to raise the morale of its fighters and supporters.