19:47 GMT17 January 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian air defences at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria shot down three aerial drones launched by militants operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone, Maj. Gen. Alexey Bakin, head of the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, said Friday.

    "On the night of July 12, 2019, militants from illegal armed groups operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone attempted to attack the Russian Hmeimim airbase using unmanned aerial vehicles [UAV]. Air defenses at the base promptly detected and destroyed three UAVs at a safe distance from the facility," Bakin said at a daily briefing.

    According to the general, the incident incurred no casualties or material damage, and the operations at the base were not interrupted.

    This is not the first time militants try to attack the base. Last month, Russian Centre for Syrian Reconciliation reported that militants tried to attack Khmeymim airbase with drones. All the attacking drones were destroyed back then.

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