DAMASCUS (Dispatches) – Russian air defense systems at Syria’s Hmeymim airbase in western coastal province of Latakia has repelled a drone attack, Russia’s Defense Ministry has said.
The ministry said in a statement, "With the standard anti-aircraft missile systems deployed by the Russian air base, air targets were destroyed at a safe distance,” adding the incident inflicted no damage on the airbase.
"There were no injuries or material damage. Russia’s Hmeymim airbase is operating in normal mode.”
The ministry added that terrorists used three small-sized drones in the attack, which approached the base from the northeast on Sunday.
Over the past year, the Russian military has thwarted several drone and mortar attacks launched by terrorists on the airbase, destroying 53 drones, and 27 multiple-launch rocket system shells.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Zionist regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding terrorist groups that are wreaking havoc in the country.
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.