Russian forces have repelled a drone attack on their Hmeimim airbase in Syria downing 2 unmanned aerial vehicles launched by militants.
“After dark on December 22, 2019, militants of illegal armed groups attempted to stage an attack on the Russian airbase at Hmeimim with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. At 23:02, Russia air defense systems spotted and downed two drones approaching the Russian airbase from the southeast,” chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria said on December 23.
According to Borenkov, no casualties and no material damage were caused by the attack. The airbase “is operating in a routine mode.”
Warplanes from the Hmeimim airbase provide air support to Syrian Army troops fighting terrorists in Greater Idlib. By attacking the Russian military facility, militants and their sponsors likely hope to deliver a blow to this effort.
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