Hmeymim Air Defenses Shoot Down Militant UAV in Syria – Russian MoD

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According to the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, militants are continuing to deploy drones near the Hmeymim airbase in Syria.

A drone launched from a militant-controlled area was detected and destroyed near the Hmeymim airbase in Syria, according to the Russian Defense Ministry’s Reconciliation Center.

“From the territory occupied by militants, launches of unmanned aerial vehicles in the direction of the air base Hmeymim are not stopping. On the night of July 21, air control at the Russian Hmeymim airbase detected a UAV launched from territory controlled by illegal armed groups in northern Latakia,” the statement read.

The center added that the drone was destroyed sufficiently far from the airbase, thus there were no casualties or material damage.

“The Russian Hmeymim airbase is working according to its standard mode of operation,” the statement said.

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