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Syria: Helicopter crashes in Damascus Syria: Helicopter crashes in Damascus
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A helicopter has come down in the Syrian capital, Damascus, Syrian state television says. Armed rebels in Syria say they have shot down a military helicopter over the capital, Damascus.
A rebel source said insurgents had shot it down. Details are still coming in. The Free Syrian Army said the aircraft had been firing at people in the north-eastern district of Jobar, and that it had crashed in neighbouring Qabun.
It comes as the uprising against the government of President Bashar al-Assad continues unabated. State television confirmed that a helicopter had come down in Qabun.
At the weekend, Syrian opposition activists said about 200 bodies had been found in the town of Darayya, near Damascus, accusing government troops of a "massacre". On Sunday, opposition activists said government forces had massacred more than 200 people during their assault on the south-western suburb of Darayya.
Video footage and photographs have emerged, showing scores of bodies, including those of women and children.
State media said the Darayya area was being "cleansed" of armed terrorist groups.
The chairman of the UN Human Rights Council's Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Paulo Pinheiro, told the BBC the killings might constitute a war crime.
Meanwhile, President Bashar al-Assad called the uprising in Syria a "foreign plot against the whole region", and vowed to defeat the conspiracy at "any price".