Russian airbase in Syria destroys drone launched by militants

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MOSCOW, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) — Russian military intercepted an attack drone near its Hmeymim airbase in Syria on Saturday, local media reported, citing Alexei Tsygankov, head of the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation.

The air defense system at the airbase detected a drone launched from the territory controlled by militants and shot it down at a safe distance from the base.

The airbase is operating normally with no injuries or damage.

The Hmeymim airbase destroyed two drones from militants on Friday and one on Thursday.

Russia maintains an airbase in Hmeymim and a naval base in Tartus in Syria to support the government forces fighting terrorists.

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