Terrorists of the “Wa Harid al-Muminin” operations room launched a salvo of Grad rockets at the Russian Hmeimim airbase in southern Lattakia in the morning of April 26.
Local sources said that Russian air defense systems intercepted many of the rockets, while the rest landed in open areas away from the base. Initial reports indicate that the attack didn’t result in any military or civilian loses.
The rocket attack provoked a fierce response from the Russian Aerospace Force. Russian warplanes took off from Hmeimim few hours after the attack and struck terrorists’ positions in the towns of Kansafra and Almaouzrah in southern Idlib, as well as in the towns of al-Sheikh Idris and Tell Huwash in northern Hama.
The Wa Harid al-Muminin operations room was formed last October by al-Qaeda-affiliated Jamat Ansar al-Islam, Horas al-Din, Jabhat Ansar al-Islam and Ansar al-Tawhid. Since its establishment, the operations room has been working to sabotage the Russian-Turkish demilitarized zone agreement on Idlib.
A day earlier, Russian President’s Special Envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, who is currently attending a new round of the Astana Talks, warned that the Russian airstrikes on the remaining terrorists in Idlib will continue.
“The airstrikes on the governorate of Idlib are carried out solely for the purpose of eliminating terrorist groups, they are targeting extremists and terrorists who have been holed up there,” Lavrentiev said, according to RT.
Terrorist groups, such as the ones involved in the Wa Harid al-Muminin coalition or the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), are controlling 90% of Idlib. The Russian-Turkish agreement has failed to stop neutralize them, so far.