Friday, August 5, 2016

Syria Rebel Group Wants To Trade Bodies Of Five Russian Helicopter Crew Members For Prisoners

Men inspect the wreckage of a Russian helicopter that had been shot down in the north of Syria's rebel-held Idlib province, Syria August 1, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

Al Jazeera: Syria's war: Swap offer for bodies of Russian air crew

Group says it has bodies of five people shot down in helicopter, demands release of prisoners in exchange for corpses.

A group in Syria has reportedly demanded the release of prisoners held in Syrian and Lebanese jails in exchange for the bodies of five people who were shot down in a Russian military helicopter last week.

The Russian helicopter was downed in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province on Sunday, killing all five people on board in the biggest officially acknowledged loss of life for Russian forces since they started operations in Syria.

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Update #1: Syrian group demands exchange for bodies of Russian air crew (Reuters)
Update #2: Syria Group Wants To Trade Bodies Of Five Russian Helicopter Crew Members (RFE)

WNU Editor: Live prisoners are not going to be swapped for dead bodies.


Anonymous said...

I was going to ask (WNU) what would become of the bodies. I'm guessing that would have been an ambush in waiting if they came in with choppers to try to retrieve them. So now what?

Aizino Smith said...

Soldier skilled in a battle by a dishonorable enemy holding them for ransom should expect that the fallen will have the proper funerary rites.


Since the exact site for the ceremony will not be known a wide area has to be covered.

Dishonorable enemies will turnover a new leaf, become extinct or become listed on the endangered animals list.