Radical militants launched 17 rockets at the Russian Hmeimim airbase in southern Lattakia in the early hours of May 22, the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria revealed in a new official statement.
“8 of the rockets didn’t even reach the airbase. The remaining 9 rockets were intercepted by air-defense forces in the Russian airbase,” the statement reads.
According to the reconciliation center, the rockets were launched from the demilitarized zone around Idlib, which was established under a Russian-Turkish agreement last September.
In what appears to be a respond to the attack, Russian warplanes carried out heavy airstrikes on militants’ positions in the city of Jisr al-Shughur in northwestern Idlib in the noon of May 22.
The rocket attack on Hmeimim coincided with a large-scale offensive by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its Turkish-backed allies on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions in the strategic town of Kafr Nabudah in northern Hama. The army repelled the first wave of the attack, but was later forced to withdrew from most of its positions.
Despite these growing violations of the temporary ceasefire agreement, the SAA and Russian forces appears to be committed to de-escalation for unclear reasons.
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