On Sunday evening, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that it had thwarted an attack by gunmen from Idlib, northwestern Syria, by two planes operating on the Hmeimim base in Syria.
The director of the Hmeimim Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Navy Lieutenant Alexander Sherpetsky, said in a statement issued on Sunday evening: “The illegal armed factions in the Idlib area to reduce the escalation continue to take attempts to launch attacks on the Hmeimim air base by drones”.
He added: “Russian air defense devices detected at 2230 hours on July 11, drones that were approaching the Russian airbase area from the northeast direction”.
Sherpetsky added: “With the Russian air defense forces, two armed planes armed with combat ammunition were destroyed, 5 kilometers from the air base”.
The director of the Hmeimim Center stressed that there were no injuries or material damage to the Russian air base, saying it was operating normally.
The Russian Space Air Force group, which has been active in Syria since 2015, at the invitation of the country’s authorities, uses the Hmeimim base as the main point of its station, and this site has been subjected to repeated attacks by drones from the Idlib region in the past months to reduce escalation.