A Syrian Army helicopter has been shot down in the northwest of the country by Turkey-backed rebels, Turkish news agency Demiroren Haber Ajansi reported.

The incident comes a day after the Turkish government claimed that its observation post in Idlib came under fire from Syrian forces.

The dramatic footage, whose authenticity cannot be verified, was posted online. It shows the aircraft engulfed in flames, but still continuing to fly before it nosedives.

According to a Sputnik correspondent, the attack was conducted by a group allied with Al-Nusra front, which have been taken of the terrorist list by the US regime.

The day before, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced that the country’s forces had struck 115 Syrian government targets, destroying 101 of them.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday commented on the recent escalation in northern Syria, vowing that the Syrian government “would pay a heavy price” for its actions.

Earlier in the day, the Turkish Defense Ministry confirmed that militants in Syria had downed a government helicopter in al-Nayrab, Idlib province, while Syrian forces have temporarily fallen back from the town.

Tensions in Northern Syria started to escalate last week after eight Turkish nationals were killed in a shelling conducted by Syrian government forces on Turkey’s observation post in Idlib.

Following the shelling, Turkish forces conducted a retaliatory attack, killing, according to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 76 Syrian soldiers.

Days after the incident, Turkey was drawing up forces in the region as a convoy of 150 trucks carrying Turkish special forces troops, military equipment and ammunition was seen at the Turkey-Syria border in the province of Hatay.

Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2020.

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