Saturday, October 8

Islamic State uses MANPAD to fire at Russian chopper delivering aid supplies in Syria

Russian Helicopter Delivering Aid to Syria's Hama Attacked by Daesh Militants
16:01 - 08.10.2016 (updated 16:27 - 08.10.2016)


A Russian transport Mil Mi-8 helicopter on route to deliver humanitarian aid in Syria's Hama province came under fire from Daesh (Islamic State /ISIL) man-portable air-defense systems (MANPAD) on Saturday, the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation at the Hmeymim airbase said in a statement.

"Due to the high altitude, early launch detection and the crew's skill in maneuvering, the missile was dodged. Nobody on board of the helicopter was injured," the statement read.

The Daesh militants reportedly received two MANPADS from Iraq on October 6 to ensure the air defense of militants fighting the government forces trying to take control of the road from Hama to Aleppo.


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