Syrian air defense forces have reportedly managed to foil an attack by foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants against an air base in the country’s west-central province of Hama.
Sham FM radio station reported that the country's anti-aircraft defense systems intercepted unmanned aerial vehicles attacking Hama Military Airport, located more than 210 km (130 miles) north of the capital Damascus, late on Friday.
The development took place less than a week after Syrian government forces captured and dismantled an unmanned aerial vehicle rigged with explosives in the same Syrian province.
Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that air defense units managed to intercept and shoot down the drone as it was flying in the skies over the city of al-Suqaylabiyah on Tuesday morning.
The report added that the aircraft had been launched by foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants operating in the area, and was armed with six missiles.
The projectiles were recovered by Syrian government forces and later defused.
Unknown aircraft bombs Turkish-backed militants’ prison in Aleppo
Meanwhile, an unidentified unmanned aerial aircraft on Saturday bombarded a prison run by Turkish-backed Takfiri militants in northwestern Syria.
Local sources said the unknown aircraft conducted an airstrike against the jail in the village of Sajou, which lies near the city of A'zaz and 43 kilometers (26 miles) north of Aleppo.
طائرات مجهولة الهوية يرجح أنها تابعة ل"التحالف الدولي" تستهدف أحد السجون التابعة للميليشيات المدعومة تركياً في قرية #سجو التابعة لمدينة #إعزاز بريف #حلب الشمالي دون ورود معلومات مؤكدة حول نتائج الاستهداف.— أخبار سوريا الوطن Syria (@SyriawatanNews) December 28, 2019
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights later reported that the prison was run by militants from the Levant Front terror group, and contained remnants of Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and affiliated extremists.
On October 9, Turkish military forces and Ankara-backed militants launched a long-threatened cross-border invasion of northeastern Syria in a declared attempt to push militants from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) away from border areas.
Ankara views the US-backed YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.
On October 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a memorandum of understanding that asserted YPG militants had to withdraw from the Turkish-controlled "safe zone" in northeastern Syria within 150 hours, after which Ankara and Moscow would run joint patrols around the area.
The announcement was made hours before a US-brokered five-day truce between Turkish and Kurdish-led forces was due to expire.
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