Confrontation fighters downed a Syrian army helicopter on Monday while it was bombarding the Damascus neighbourhood of Jobar, as heavy fighting broke out between rebels and troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the district, witnesses told. Syrian state television told in a news flash a helicopter had been shot down in Damascus, but offered no additional details.
The witnesses told the helicopter was engulfed in flames after it was hit by a projectile during a burst of gun fire and then came down in the nearby district of Qaboun.
Video footage taken by activists also demonstrated a burning helicopter falling to the ground. Rebels on the ground could be heard shouting “God is greatest”.