Russian air defense shot down two militant drones near Khmeimime base

Russian and Syrian air defense assets shot down two terrorist drones near Khmeimim airbase on June 22, head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria Alexander Shcherbitsky said on Tuesday, June 23.

According to the Defense Ministry spokesman, the militants’ drones were seen the night before in the area of Khmeimimim base and Jebla settlement in Ladhiqiyah province. The drones were launched from an area controlled by illegal gangs in the area of Idlib – Al Gab Valley.

“The fire of Russian and Syrian air defense assets shot down two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of the militants in shock equipment,” said Shcherbitsky at the briefing.

There have been no casualties or material damage as a result of the terrorist attack. The Russian air base is operating in normal mode.

Militants regularly make attempts to attack the Russian base. In March, Syrian air defenses shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle near Khmeimim.

On June 12 it became known that two U.S. Navy reconnaissance aircraft P-8A Poseidon and Aries II conducted long flights near Russian bases in Syria.