On April 24 evening, Russian forces repelled an attack by armed drones on their Hmeimim airbase in the Syrian province of Latakia, according to local sources.
According to the reports, Russian Pantsir-S1 air defense systems shot down two drones armed with projectiles before they were able to attack the base. The drones had been launched by one of militant groups operating in northern Latakia or southern Idlib.
Some sources added that the airbase had also come under rocket attack. However, these rocket were also intercepted.
The repeated attacks on the Russian military facilities show that militant groups operating in Syria have no more capabilities to oppose the Syrian Arab Army, backed by Russia and Iran, and their key current goal is to gain media effect in desperate attempts to receive additional funds and support from their foreign sponsors. For example, such media effect could be achieved if militants succeed in delivering damage to the Russian airbase and aircraft deployed there.