The Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) artillery have eliminated the terrorists responsible for the recent rocket attack on the Hmeimim airbase, the Ministry of Defense of Russia announced on May 8.
According to an official statement by the defense ministry, the attack was carried out by terrorist groups known as the Ard al-Bab Brigade and the al-Jabal Brigade. The two groups launched the rockets from the demilitarized zone around Idlib.
“The artillery recon units had promptly revealed 2 positions of the militants from which the attack was conducted. The firing points were eliminated by the Russian Aerospace Forces’ aircraft and the Syrian Government Troops’ artillery,” the ministry’s statement reads.
The Russian MoD added that the air defense systems in the Hmeimim airbase were able to intercept 12 rockets. Other rockets reportedly landed in civilian areas away from the airbase, causing material damage only.
The rocket attack was likely a response to the SAA’s ongoing ground operation in northern Hama. In the last three days, the army captured four areas, including the strategic town of Kafr Nabudah.
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