Russia downs drone near its Syria air base

A file photo shows a Russian Kamov helicopter flies over the Hmeimim military base in Latakia province, in the northwest of Syria. (AFP)

Russia’s military said it had shot down a drone that came close to its Syrian air base at Hmeimim on Saturday and was launched from the Idlib “de-escalation” zone controlled by what Moscow calls “illegal military groups”, TASS agency reported.

The drone caused no casualties or damage, and the Hmeimim air base is operating as normal, the agency said.

The recent incident is the second in less than 48 hours.

Late on Friday night, Syrian air defenses engaged an “enemy target” near the border with Lebanon west of Damascus, state news agency SANA reported early Saturday.

“Our air defenses confronted an enemy target that penetrated airspace above the area of Deir al-Ashair in the Damascus countryside,” SANA said. Full story


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57