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Five dead as Russian military helicopter downed in Syria

The Kremlin said the transport helicopter was shot down over the Syrian province of Idlib while delivering humanitarian aid to AleppoFive people on board a Russian military helicopter were killed Monday when it was shot down over Syria, in the single deadliest incident for Moscow since it intervened in the war. The attack came as Syrian opposition fighters and their jihadist allies battled government forces outside Aleppo in a bid to ease the regime’s siege of rebel-held parts of the northern city. Russia’s defence ministry announced the downing of the helicopter, which it said was carrying three crew and two officers.

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