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Syrian air defenses down hostile drone in Hama province

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The photo, taken on January 8, 2020, shows a drone belonging to militants after it was downed by Syrian government forces in the skies over the country’s western-central province of Hama. (By the Syrian Ministry of Defense)

Syrian government forces have captured and dismantled an unmanned aerial vehicle launched by “terrorists” in the west-central province of Hama.

Syria’s official news agency SANA said that that air defense units foiled an aerial aggression attempt on Wednesday evening after they detected and intercepted a hostile drone as it was approaching army posts and safe areas in the vicinity of Asila, west of Hama.

According to the report, the army’s air defense units have managed to foil many attacks by hostile drones against military posts and safe zones over the past couple of weeks.

It added that the army had shot down most of the drones before they could carry out their missions.

December 24, the Syrian army downed a drone rigged with explosives over the city of al-Suqaylabiyah in the same province. The aircraft had been launched by foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants operating in the area, and was armed with six missiles, the army said at the time.

The development in December came only a few hours after Syrian army units shot down a drone, operated by militant groups, as it was about to launch an attack against government posts inside Hama Military Airport, which is located west of the provincial capital city of Hama and more than 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of the capital Damascus.

Separately on Wednesday, Syrian government troops managed to repel a terrorist attack on the outskirts of the Samaka and al-Barsa villages in Idlib province, where large sections of the area are still under the control of foreign-backed militants.

According to SANA, the army troops clashed with the terrorists, destroying a vehicle rigged with explosives and two cars, and killing or wounding many terrorists.

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