Photo Credit: courtesy, Russian Ministry of Defense
Bassel - El-Assad Airport at Latakia, Syria.

Unidentified attackers using UAVs launched an air strike Sunday evening targeting the Russian Khmeimim air base at Latakia in Syria.

Aerial defense systems successfully blocked the attack and the military installation suffered no damage, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

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“Rebels tried to attack Khmeimim Air Base with drones on January 19. The air defenses in the base destroyed the targets. No damage was caused,” the ministry said in a statement.

Three small drones participated in the attack, approaching the base from the northeast at nightfall, the ministry added.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.