By Tim Stickings For Mailonline
Published: 12:10 GMT, 14 February 2020 | Updated: 19:51 GMT, 14 February 2020
A Syrian government helicopter has been shot down over Idlib for the second time in four days, rebel forces said today.
The Syrian National Coalition shared footage of a burning helicopter crashing to the ground in a shoot-down which killed both pilots on board.
The rebels claimed that the Assad regime's helicopter had been bombing civilian homes before it was shot down west of Aleppo.
Assad's government later acknowledged the shoot-down and said the helicopter had been hit by a 'hostile missile'.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights alleged that the helicopter was shot down by rebel-backing Syrian forces, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility.
This footage was published by Syria's opposition forces today as they announced that they had shot down a helicopter belonging to the Assad regime
The war monitor said the helicopter had crashed in the countryside in north-west Syria, where Assad's forces have been staging a weeks-long offensive against the rebels.
The footage published by the Syrian National Coalition showed the helicopter coming down behind a building at the side of a road.
A second regime aircraft returned to Hamah Military Airport after hearing what had happened to the helicopter, Turkey's state-owned Anadolu agency said.
Similarly, a rebel military source said pro-Assad Russian jets had been targeting areas in the countryside earlier on Friday, but later evacuated back to the