Syrian copter crew seized in blow to regime

March 22, 2015 10:35 PM

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Syrian copter crew seized in blow to regime

BEIRUT: Syrian government aircraft pounded areas of Idlib province Sunday after rebels captured the crew of helicopter that made an emergency landing in the area, amid an uptick in violence in recent days throughout the country. Anti-regime activist groups posted several pieces of video footage showing the descent of the helicopter, which state media said experienced a technical problem, and the aftermath of its crash in the Jabal Zawiyeh area of Idlib.

The video items also included a short exchange between one of the officers on the helicopter and his captors, who accused him of being the same pilot who allegedly dropped explosives containing chlorine gas on Sarmeen, a village in Idlib.

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