Russia Repels Drone Attack on Base in Syria’s Latakia
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A drone attack launched by unknown militants targeting the Russian Khmeimim airbase in Latakia, was repelled by the Russian anti-aircraft missile system.
"Three small-sized air targets (UAVs) were approaching a Russian military facility from the north-east in the evening on January 19, 2020. They were detected by Russian anti-aircraft systems at Khmeimim airbase at a significant distance,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday, RT reported.
"With the standard anti-aircraft missile systems deployed by the Russian airbase, air targets were destroyed at a safe distance,” it added.
“There were no injuries or material damage. Russia's Hmeimim airbase is operating in normal mode.”
Russia has been helping Syrian forces in the ongoing battles across the conflict-plagued Arab country.
The Russian military assistance, which began in September 2015 at the official request of the Syrian government, has proved effective as Syrians continue to recapture key areas from Daesh and other terrorist groups across the country thanks to Russian air cover.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups that are wreaking havoc in the country.