BEIRUT: Five drones have been shot down in the coastal Latakia province as they approached a Russian air base in the area, according to Syrian state media.
The air base, known as Hemeimeem, is the headquarters for Russia’s military operations in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces. Russia has been a major Assad ally and has turned the tide of the civil war in his favor
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group has said the drones were downed late on Monday. It has said this is the fifth time in as many days that drones have been shot down as they tried to reach the air base.
The Observatory and Syrian state media have said the drones were launched by rebels holding territory in neighboring Idlib province in northwestern Syria.
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