Ambulance helicopter shot down in Tripoli, 23 aboard

Ambulance helicopter shot down in Tripoli, 23 aboard

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 7:35 pm

The crashed helicopter

The crashed helicopter

A helicopter carrying 23 people crashed Tuesday off the coast of Al-Maya, 25 km east of the capital Tripoli, according to a military source.

“An ambulance helicopter crashed off the coast of Al-Maya, as it was transporting 23 individuals including military officials,” the source told Xinhua.

So far, 12 bodies were recovered, confirmed the source, including the bodies of Hosein Bodaya and Duhain Al-Rammah, military officials of Libya’s Dawn militias.

The source said that there may not be survivors, as the helicopter crashed and was fully submerged in deep sea water.

Col. Ali Sheikhy, military spokesman of Libya’s outgoing General National Congress (parliament), said that the helicopter came under heavy fire in Al-Maya, causing its crash.

Western Tripoli is experiencing clashes between Libya’s Dawn militias and forces loyal to the internationally recognized House of Representatives (parliament).

Libya faces a state of insecurity and chaos since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.

Since then, the country has been plagued with escalating violence and continuous fightin

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