On July 16 in the afternoon, a suicide drone targeted a group of Russian and Syrian service members in the vicinity of the town of al-Darbasiyah in northeastern Syria.
According to the Hawar News Agency (ANHA), Russian and Syrian personnel were meeting in the town’s coordination post to investigate a recent drone strike on the area, when a Turkish suicide drone exploded over the post.
The coordination post is located only 1 km south of al-Darbasiyah, right on the highway linking the town with the city of al-Hasakah.
As a result of the attack, three service members of the Russian Military Police and three others of the Syrian Arab Army were injured.
The ANHA released photos showing the remains of the suicide drone, which was apparently a quadcopter armed with an explosive charge.
The Turkish military possesses several types of quadrocopters, some come with attack capabilities such as STM’s TOGAN and KARGU. Due to this, it is highly probable that the strike was carried out by the Turkish military, which is located on the border line right north of al-Darbasiyah.
The Ministry of Defense of Russia has not commented on the incident, thus far. If Turkish responsibility is proven, Russia may respond.