Syrian and Russian air forces conduct joint drill over Syria

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Syria's Defense Ministry on Tuesday released footage of its airforce conducting a joint drill with Russia, the first since that country's invasion of Ukraine began more than three months ago,

The ministry said two Russian SU-35 fighter jets and six Syrian MiG-23 and MiG-29 aircraft simulated facing “hostile” warplanes and drones.

Syrian pilots dealt with them with cover and support from the Russian warplanes, it said.

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“All illusive targets were monitored and completely destroyed while aerial targets were hit at night for the first time,” the Syrian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

It also released a video of the warplanes that it said took part in the drill.

The announcement came hours after Syrian state television reported that Israeli missiles targeted Syrian army positions south of the capital of Damascus, causing material damage but no casualties.

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