09:55 GMT21 January 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Syrian government troops in Idlib province shot down three combat unmanned aerial vehicles launched by militants, Maj. Gen. Alexei Tsygankov, the head of the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, said Wednesday.

    "On August 21, the servicemen of the armed forces of the Syrian Arab Republic detected three UAVs, which were launched from the territories controlled by militants toward the positions of government troops near the western outskirts of the settlement of Abu Dali in the south of Idlib province. All three UAVs were destroyed by the fire of ZU-23 anti-aircraft gun and small arms, Syrian soldiers were not injured," Tsygankov said at a briefing.

    The official added that militants in the southwest of Syria had surrendered one infantry fighting vehicle, 489 pieces of small arms and 0.5 tonne of ammunition of various types and calibers.

    Idlib province is one of Syria's de-escalation zones and a remaining stronghold of insurgency in the country.

    READ MORE: Russian Air Defenses Destroy UAV Launched by Syrian Militants at Hmeymim Base

    On August 14, Tsygankov said that Russian air defenses at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria downed a total of 16 UAVs launched by militants operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone since the beginning of the month.


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