Gazelle Helicopters Played Key Role in Palmyra Battles

French-made aircraft crucial in regime-Russia's recapture of the ancient city of Palmyra last week

French-made Gazelle helicopters played a crucial role in destroying Islamic State vehicles and positions during the Syrian-Russian offensive on the ancient city of Palmyra.

The regime offensive ended with the recapture of Palmyra from ISIS following 10 months of occupation of the city which ISIS captured in May 2015.

The Gazelle aircraft appeared in pro-regime media of Palmyra’s recapture, including footage showing General Suheil Al Hassan departing the first Gazelle helicopter landing in Palmyra airport following army’s recapture of the city.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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