On February 7, a Russian Orlan-10 drone was shot down while on a mission over the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
The drone was conducting a reconnaissance sortie over the al-Zawiya Mont in the southern Idlib countryside when it was targeted by militants from the al-Fateh al-Mubeen Operation Room. A photo of the downed drone was shared by opposition activists.
The Orlan-10 has a flight duration of up to 16 hours and an operational range of 140km. The UAV can be equipped with different types of sensors to carry out several missions, including reconnaissance, 3D-mapping, electronic warfare and communication relay.
This was the second Russian drone to be shot down over Syria in the last 24 hours. A day earlier, a drone of the exact same type was downed by Kurdish forces over northern Raqqa for no clear reasons.
Al-Fateh al-Mubeen Operation Room, which shot down the drone, is a coalition of Greater Idlib factions led by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).
A new report by the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria accused HTS of violating the ceasefire in Greater Idlib at least 23 times in the last 24 hours.
Earlier today, one of HTS allies, Ansar al-Tawhid, fried heavy rockets at a joint Syrian-Russian headquarters in southern Idlib. Eleven Syrian and Russian service members were allegedly killed.
The situation in Greater Idlib is slowly spinning out of control. The ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey on March 5 of last year may be collapsing.
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