Militants stationed in the key town of Kabani in northern Lattakia launched on August 8 several rockets at the Russian Hmeimim airbase, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced.
“Terrorists launched four rockets at the airbase, they exploded in a town located 2km northeast of Hmeimim airbase, as a result two civilians were killed and four others were wounded,” a statement by the ministry reads.
The ministry emphasized that the attack didn’t cause any damage to the Hmeimim airbase, which was not apparently hit.
No group claimed responsibility for the rocket attack, so far. However, the town of Kabani is known to be controlled by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which makes the terrorist group the main suspect.
Few hours earlier, five civilians, including two children, were injured in a rocket attack on the towns of al-Haffah and al-Qardahah in Lattakia’s countryside.
Syrian and Russian warplanes are responding to these rocket attacks by conducting dozens of airstrikes on militants’’ positions in Greater Idlib.