10/17/2012 03:39 pm ET Updated Oct 17, 2012

Syria Helicopter Explosion Video Purportedly Shows Rebels Shooting Down Military Aircraft

An amateur video shows what Syrian rebels claim is a military helicopter being shot down and exploding over the city of Idlib (watch above).

The authenticity of the video, which has been circulated by both the Reuters and ITN news agencies, has not been verified.

Intense fighting has been reported between the rebel Free Syrian Army brigades and the Syrian army in the area where the helicopter was reportedly destroyed.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Syrian rebels have recently acquired heavy weapons that have forced the government's air force to bomb rebel-held zones from higher altitude, leading to claims of more indiscriminate bombing.