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Militant Drones Attack Hmeimim Air Base Amid New Idlib Ceasefire

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Militant Drones Attack Hmeimim Air Base Amid New Idlib Ceasefire

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Less than 24 hours after the beginning of the ceasefire in Greater Idlib, Turkish-backed militants in the region launched a new drone attack at the Russian Hmeimim Air Base on the Syrian coast.

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), two armed drones, which were on their way to the air base, were intercepted by air-defense means over southern Lattakia.

“Air-defense means intercepted two drones coming from the direction of Idlib and destroyed them in the vicinity of Jableh [city],” the state-run agency’s reporter said.

Local sources confirmed that several drones were intercepted near the Hmeimim Air Base. No explosions were heard on the ground.

Earlier, the militants launched several drone attacks on Syrian troops around the city of Saraqib in southeast Idlib. The militants even targeted reporters of the Abkhazian Network News Agency (ANNA) near the city.

These drone attacks will likely provoke a fierce response from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS). The attacks represent a dangerous violation of the new ceasefire, which was agreed upon by Russia and Turkey a day earlier.

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