A number of Russian service members were reportedly injured in the northern countryside of Syria’s Lattakia on August 6.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that the Russian service members were injured when militants shelled the outskirts of the town of Kinsabba. According to the monitoring group, a Russian helicopter landed near the town to evacuate the wounded.
The al-Fateh al-Mubeen Operations Room claimed responsibility for the strikes on Kinsabba. The operation room, which includes Turkish-backed factions and al-Qaeda-affiliated groups, is led by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham.
The Ministry of Defense of Russia is yet to comment on these claims. The ministry usually acknowledges any human losses in Syria within a few days.
Earlier in the morning, the Syrian Arab Army launched a limited attack from Kinsabba on the al-Hadadah hill. Intense clashes broke out in the region. Nine Syrian soldiers and five militants were reportedly killed.
If the reports of Russian casualties in northern Lattakia are true, Russian forces will likely respond within a few hours. Such an attack could even encourage the Syrian military and its allies to launch a new operation in Greater Idlib.