Syrians are seen crossing Sabaa Bahrat square in central Damascus.
Syrians are seen crossing Sabaa Bahrat square in central Damascus. The rebel Free Syrian Army says it has shot down a helicopter gunship in Damascus -- the scene of violent battles between army and rebel forces. © Louai Beshara - AFP
Syrians are seen crossing Sabaa Bahrat square in central Damascus.
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Last updated: July 17, 2012

Syrian rebels shoot down helicopter in Damascus

The rebel Free Syrian Army said it shot down on Tuesday a helicopter gunship in Damascus, scene of violent battles between army and rebel forces.

For its part, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said "according to several witnesses, a helicopter fell after being hit by several rebel shots."

"After pounding the districts of Qaboon, Barzeh and Harasta, the helicopter's fuel tank was hit by a rocket," an activist who identified himself as Abu Omar said, adding that "the helicopter then fell near Qaboon."

But another Qaboon-based activist who identified himself as Omar told AFP "the FSA has engaged in fighting against regime troops, but there is no foundation to reports of a helicopter being shot down."

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