Middle East

Syrian air defense systems shot down unmanned aerial vehicles

Syrian air defense systems have intercepted and shot down an unmanned aerial vehicles launched by members of al-Nusra Front in the country’s western-central province of Hama.

Syria’s official news agency SANA reported on Saturday that Syrian army reconnaissance teams were able to detect the aircraft as it was approaching Hama Military Airport, located some 200 kilometers north of the capital Damascus.

The report added that the drone was armed with rockets containing high explosives, and equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS) tracker.

Syria has repelled numerous drone and rocket attacks by terrorists, with the help of the Russian forces and their missile defense systems.

Earlier this month, Russia’s military said in April it had repelled 12 drone and rocket attacks by terrorists based in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib against a Russian airbase and Syrian positions in Latakia.

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