Syrian air defenses target three explosives-laden drones in Hama

Syrian air defense systems have intercepted three drones launched by “terrorists” in the west-central province of Hama.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing an unnamed military official, reported on Saturday that air defense units foiled an aerial aggression after they detected and intercepted three explosives-laden hostile drones as they were approaching a main military post in al-Ghab valley on Friday night.

The report added that two drones were shot down and the “third was dropped and its ammunition dismantled without causing any casualties among personnel of the Syrian Arab Army.”

Large parts of the northwestern province of Idlib and parts of neighboring Hama constitute the last major militant stronghold in Syria. Foreign-backed militants in these regions regularly conduct attacks against Syrian army troops and positions, Russia’s bases and civilian districts.

Back on June 22, Syrian army said that it had detected and shot down a hostile drone sent by the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, before it was able to strike Hama Military Airport.

Earlier in June, that Syrian army units had detected a number of drones as they were approaching a helipad of a government military site in Jubb Ramlah village, located about 189 kilometers north of capital Damascus.

On Thursday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said expert estimates demonstrated that terrorists in Syria were employing Western-designed drones to launch attacks against Russian facilities in the Arab country.

His comments came two days after Russian troops foiled a drone attack by foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants against the strategic Hmeimim air base in Syria’s western coastal province of Latakia.

Russia has been helping Syrian government troops and their allied fighters in ongoing battles against terrorists 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 the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and other foreign-backed terror outfits.


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