The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shot down an armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) while it was flying over its positions in the northern Hama countryside.
Oleg Blokhin, a Russian journalist, released a video showing the remains of the UAV on May 14. The remains show that the UAV is identical to the type used in many attacks on the Russian Hmeimim airbase during last year.
Pro-government sources believe that this type of DIY armed UAVs was developed by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria. The terrorist group has not confirmed or denied this, so far.
The drone attack was likely aimed at hindering the SAA’s advance in northwestern Hama. The ongoing operation in the region has significantly limited the terrorist group’s capabilities to launch rocket and drone attacks on Russian and Syrian bases.