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Syrian air defense intercepted aerial targets near Jebla

Syrian air defense intercepted aerial targets near Jebla, a town close to the sea port of Latakia, the state-run Suraya TV reported on Wednesday.

On February 3, several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), launched by militants from the northern Syrian de-escalation zone, attempted to attack the Russia’s Hmeymim air base located not far from Jebla. Two of them were shot down.

Two days earlier, on February 1, airspace control equipment of the Russian base detected a cluster air target of UAVs, launched from militants-controlled territory of the Idlib de-escalation zone.

The Russian reconciliation center later reported that “the base’s electronic warfare systems took over control of the UAVs and knocked them down by jamming their command-and-control systems.”

Syria has been significantly crippled by an eight-year war between pro-government troops, militants from various groups that oppose the administration of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and terrorist groups such as the Nusra Front and Daesh. The latter has lost ground in recent years due to massive operations carried out by the Syrian government.

The conflict in the country has produced an estimated 12-13 million refugees, with over 6 million internally displaced. Of the Syrians affected in the one of the worst humanitarian crises on the planet – according to the United Nations – nearly half are children and require immediate and ongoing humanitarian assistance.

Russia, along with Turkey and Iran, are the guarantors of the ceasefire in war-torn Syria.

-Syrian air defense

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