On July 21, the Russian Centre for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria announced that Russian air defense systems in Hmeimim airbase detected and destroyed several armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) which attempted to attack the airbase. According to the statement, the UAVs were launched from the opposition-held areas in the northern Lattakia countryside.
“From the territory occupied by militants, launches of unmanned aerial vehicles in the direction of the air base Hmeimim are not stopping. On the night of July 21, air control at the Russian Hmeimim airbase detected a UAV launched from territory controlled by illegal armed groups in northern Lattakia,” the Russian reconciliation center said in its statement, according to the Russian news agency Sputnik.
Since the beginning of July, dozens of armed UAVs have attempted to attack Hmeimim airbase on a regular basis. However, Russian forces have managed to destroy or jam all of them.
A day earlier, the head of the Russian reconciliation center, Major General Alexei Tsygankov, warned that the militants in the governorates of Idlib and Lattakia have increased their combat activity. Maj. Gen. Tsygankov also confirmed that all the armed UAVs were launched from the militants-held areas.
“Launches of attack aerial drones are being carried out from the territory occupied by militants,” Sputnik quoted Maj. Gen. Tsygankov as saying.
Maj. Gen. Tsygankov added that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is now “forced to take appropriate measures to stabilize the situation in the region,” which hints that Russia will not tolerate these violations of the de-escalation agreement anymore.
Recently, some Syrian pro-government activists have claimed that the SAA, backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces, will soon launch a military operation to secure the northwestern Latakia countryside, the northern Hama countryside and parts of the western Idlib countryside.