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Syria government helicopter 'shot down'

27 August 2012 Last updated at 09:46 BST

Armed rebels in Syria say they have shot down a military helicopter over the capital, Damascus.

Unverified amateur footage posted online shows an aircraft plummeting towards the ground in flames before disappearing, followed by plumes of black smoke.

State television said a helicopter had come down in Qabun, but did not say what had caused the crash.

Barbara Plett reports from Beirut in neighbouring Lebanon.

This footage has not been independently verified