Terrorists from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) tried to attack Russia’s Hmeimim Airbase in Syria with a multiple launch rocket system, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday.
The air defense alert force repelled the attack and destroyed the target, the Russian MoD added.
"On the evening of May 19 terrorists from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham tried to attack the Russian airbase of Hmeimim with a multiple launch rocket system. At about 20:00 on Sunday the terrorists launched six projectiles from the Idlib de-escalation zone on the Russian airbase. The air defense alert force destroyed all the projectiles," the Defense Ministry said.
The ministry added that no destruction or victims were reported at the Hmeimim Airbase and that it continues to operate in a regular mode.
"The Russian reconnaissance force urgently detected the specified terrorists’ multiple launch rocket system on the western outskirts of the community of Kafr Nabl in the Idlib Governorate. The Russian Aerospace Force destroyed the specified terrorist target in a pinpoint attack," the Defense Ministry reported.
The Russian air defense systems also detected two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) approaching the base from the north and northeast. "The air defense alert force of the Russian airbase destroyed all UAVs at a considerable distance from the airbase," the ministry said.
The ministry noted that despite the total ceasefire since May 18 by the Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab Republic, HTS’s terrorists in the Idlib de-escalation zone continue provocations and attacks.