People gather around a regime helicopter that crashed in Jabal Zawiyeh, Idlib. AFP PHOTO / AL-MAARRA TODAY
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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.An anti-regime media activist group based in Idlib told The Daily Star that the helicopter's identification code – Bravo 17 – had earlier been picked up by rebels using communications devices, and maintained that it was the same craft that was involved in the bombing of Sarmeen.The Observatory said that Nusra Front militants and allied Islamist groups killed at least five people in Idlib, when they targeted the provincial capital with mortar bombs. It said there was no information available about casualties from regime airstrikes in Idlib after the helicopter crashed. The Observatory said the clashes killed seven rebels, including the deputy commander of a Deraa-based militia, while regime forces pounded the province with airstrikes and a missile that reportedly killed seven people.
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