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ISIL targets Russian helicopter delivering aid in Hama

Courtesy of Dmitry Terekhov; flickr

According to the statement of the Hmeymim Reconciliation center Russian helicopter delivering humanitarian aid to Syria's Hama has been attacked by ISIL militants from manpads, although the crew managed to dodge the missiles.

A Russian transport Mil Mi-8 helicopter on route to deliver humanitarian aid in Syria's Hama province came under fire from Daesh (Islamic State /ISIL/ISIS) man-portable air-defense systems (MANPAD) on Saturday, the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation at the Hmeymim airbase said in a statement.

"Due to the high altitude, early launch detection and the crew's skill in maneuvering, the missile was dodged. Nobody on board of the helicopter was injured," the statement read. The ISIL militants reportedly received two MANPADS from Iraq on October 6 to ensure the air defense of militants fighting the government forces trying to take control of the road from Hama to Aleppo; Sputnik reported.