On July 5, the Russian Air Defense systems in Hmeimim airbase launched several missiles at unidentified aerial objects. Local sources reported that at least on armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was shot down over the Russian airbase.
If confirmed, this will be the third attack of this kind on Hmeimim airbase within ten days. Such UAV attacks are often launched from the militant-held areas in northern Lattakia and southern Idlib. Many Syrian pro-government activists suggest that Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are behind these attacks.