A squadron of armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) attacked Hama’s airbase in the outskirt of the city’s center in the late hours of May 22.
Pro-government sources said that the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SyAADF) intercepted the UAVs and managed to shoot down all of them. According to the sources, the airbase didn’t sustain any damage as a result of the attack.
However, the Hama airbase was not the only target of the attack. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) confirmed that at least one UAV attacked the Zara’a power plant in southern Hama causing “extensive damage to the plant’s equipment.”
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, yet. However, pro-movement sources accused Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its Turkish-backed allies, who launched a large-scale attack on the SAA in northern Hama earlier.
The terrorist group is known to be manufacturing and operating this type DIY UAVs, which is usually armed with locally-made small projectiles. The wreckage of a UAV that was recently downed in northern Hama revealed that this model may have been modified to attack its target by hitting it directly, like suicide drones.
The attack on Hama airbase will likely escalate the tension around Idlib, where terrorist groups are still operating within the demilitarized zone.