Syrian warplane fires on eastern edge of Damascus

August 27, 2012 22:41

AMMAN - A Syrian fighter plane fired two rockets on Monday at targets on the eastern edge of Damascus, opposition activists said, the same day a military helicopter crashed in the capital in flames.

It was the first time a warplane has struck areas close to the capital, an activist source said.

"This is the first time a warplane strikes the edges of Damascus, this plane was swooping over the area all afternoon," the Damascus-based activist told Reuters by Skype.

Army helicopters earlier had fired rockets and machineguns at neighborhoods in Damascus and its outskirts, residents said.

Video taken by activists showed a fighter plane swooping on a built-up area. An explosion is heard and a voice says: "It is firing rockets."

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