FILE – In this file photo taken Dec. 16, 2015 and provided by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, Russian S-400 long-range air defense missile systems are deployed at Hemeimeem air base in Syria. (Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP, File)
Russian air defense forces have repelled an attack with long-range rockets at Hmeimim Air Base on the Syrian coast, the Ministry of Defense of Russia announced late on February 10.
“At 19:45 Moscow time [16:45 GMT] on February 9, Russian air defense means repelled an attack on Hmeimim Air Base with long-range multiple launch rocket systems,” Rear Admiral Vyacheslav Sytnik, deputy-head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, said during a briefing.
According to Rear Adm. Sytnik, detection systems determined that the rockets were launched from the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
“There are no casualties or material damage. Russian airbase Hmeimim is operating as planned,” the officer added.
Locals in the coastal town of Jableh, located right next to Hmeimim Air Base, shared on February 9 footage showing large explosions over the base.
Several terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, are active in Greater Idlib. The Turkish military maintains thousands of troops in the region. Yet, it does nothing to confront these terrorist groups.
The attack, which represents a blatant violation of the ceasefire agreement in Greater Idlib, will likely be met with a fierce response from the Russian military. The response will likely come within a few days, if not hours.
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