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Six drones were shot down: Russian repel drone attack on Khmeimim

Russian air defense repelled an attack by militants at the Russian airbase Khmeimim in Syria. Six drones were shot down: Russian repel drone attack on Khmeimim

Six drones were shot down: Russian repel drone attack on Khmeimim

Russian air defense repelled an attack by militants at the Russian airbase Khmeimim in Syria. On the evening of August 11, the Russian military destroyed six drones approaching the base, with no injuries. Militants regularly carry out such attacks, and sometimes they become victims of civilian casualties.

Air defense complexes at the Russian Khmeimim airbase shot down six manoeuvring drones of militants, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

According to the agency, on August 11, around 20:10 Moscow time, the Khmeimim airbase control system found six manoeuvring UAVs approaching the airfield from the north-west direction. All of them were destroyed by regular anti-aircraft fire weapons of the Russian airbase at safe distances, the report said.
The Ministry of Defense noted that there were no casualties or material damage as a result of the incident at the airbase, it continues to function as planned.

This is the third attempt of an attack by Khmeimim from the militants since the beginning of the month. The next shelling was carried out on August 8 at around 16:00 Moscow time. “From the north-west direction from the region of the settlement of Kban, mountainous Latakia, the launch of four multiple launch rockets in the direction of the Russian airbase was recorded,” the military department said.
They emphasized that the missiles did not hit the Russian air base, but three minutes after their detection by air defense forces, they exploded in one of the settlements two kilometres from the airfield. As a result, two local residents were killed, four more were injured. The airbase continued to operate as usual.
A similar situation occurred just three days earlier. According to the Ministry of Defense, the militants fired three multiple-launch rockets in the direction of Khmeimim. Airspace controls recorded the launch of shells at 14:30 Moscow time from the northern direction from the airfield. They fell to the nearby village of Raised Afif, as a result of which four local residents were injured, the department noted. At the same time, the source of the Syrian agency SANA previously reported that the shelling of the Russian base led to casualties and material damage.
According to Colonel General Sergei Rudskoy, chief of the General Staff’s Main Directorate, terrorists attempted to bombard Russian targets from the territory of the Idlib de-escalation zone on July 17 and 21, but air defense systems of the Russian airbase repelled these attacks.
Another similar incident occurred on July 12, said the head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria, Major General Alexei Bakin. According to him, on the night of July 12, air defense systems destroyed three drones at a safe distance from the base. There were no victims of the attack, and the airbase continued to operate normally.
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The terrorists assemble apparatuses for such attacks in artisanal conditions.
Earlier, the Ministry of Defense repeatedly reported the destruction of terrorist warehouses with spare parts by aeroplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces.
In particular, this happened on April 23, as reported by Al-Masdar News with reference to a military source. According to him, the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed the arms depot belonging to jihadists in the Syrian province of Idlib. They also noted that as a result of the airstrike, several members of the Khayyat Tahrir al-Sham group (created on the basis of the Jabhat al-Nusra banned in Russia were killed. The attack was carried out near the central prison, located near the administrative centre of the province.
According to a source, the Russian air forces planned an attack the day before, when several military aircraft from the Russian air base Khmeimim arrived in Idlib.
Prior to this, Russian troops attacked militants in mid-March. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed the warehouse of the Khayyat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group, where shock drones were stored.
These drones were supposed to raid the base of Hmeimim.
The Russian side dealt this blow by prior agreement with Turkey. As a result of the raid, the ammunition and weapons of the terrorists were destroyed. As indicated in the department, information about the group’s intention to attack the Russian airbase was confirmed through several channels.
In September last year, Viktor Bondarev, ex-commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces, chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, said that Russian air forces killed 85,000 terrorists in three years of operations in Syria.
“I want to note the high accuracy of the use of aviation weapons. All attacks by the air forces have been and continue to be delivered precisely at terrorist targets.
For three years, the number of destroyed terrorist facilities (ammunition depots, fortified areas, headquarters) amounts to tens of thousands.
Killed terrorists - about 100 thousand, and approximately 85 thousand - this is the merit of our VKS, ”said Bondarev on the occasion of the third anniversary of the Russian operation in Syria.

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