Pro-opposition activists and media outlets are spreading a rumor that on December 31 a Russian military helicopter crashed in the northern Hama countryside as a result of a technical failure. Some sources went further and even claimed that 7 Russian military servicemembers died in the incident.
The helicopter allegedly crashed near the village of Umm al-Tayyar. However, no opposition source was able to provide photos or videos confriming the incident.
One of the pro-opposition media outlets, eldorar.com, even used a photo of US Apache attack helicopter to illustrate its claims.