Two Russian pilots have died in a helicopter crash over rebel territory in Syria it has been reported.
Russia’s Ministry of Defence said the Mi-28N attack helicopter came down in Homs province in the early hours of Tuesday morning. It is not believed that the helicopter was shot down.
“The bodies of the dead pilots were removed during search and rescue operations and are currently at the Hmeymim Airbase”
The deaths bring the number of Russian forces killed in Syria to at least eight.
Russian aircraft are currently supporting troops loyal to Assad along with allies from Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in an advance on Islamic State and Syrian rebels.