Updated: Russian Air Defenses Intercept Objects Targeting Hmeimim Base

Sputnik , Wednesday 25 Apr 2018

Hmeimim airbase in Syria
File Photo: Hmeimim airbase in Syria (Sputnik)

Russian military stated Tuesday that Russian air defenses at Hmeimim airbase in Syria have intercepted and destroyed several unidentified targets.

An airbase spokesperson has stated that the airbase is operating normally.

No damages or casualties have been reported at this time.

"On April 24 … the airspace monitoring facilities at Russia's Hmeimim airbase detected a group of small-size unidentified airborne targets approaching the base," the spokesperson said in a statement. "All targets were destroyed by air defense means deployed at the base."

According to South Front, the Russian Pantsir-S1 airbase systems shot down two drones armed with projectiles that had been launched by a militant group. It also reported that rockets were also intercepted. Other media reports indicate that two to four objects were destroyed in the air.

Video footage alleged to show the attack has since surfaced on social media.

​The airbase, which is just one of two operated by Russia in Syria, is located in the coastal city of Jableh. Russia operates a second base is Tartus.

​In February 2018, the Russian Defense Ministry released a statement denying media reports of a "successful drone attack" on the base on January 1.

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