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Russia shoots down 'unidentified drone' near air base in Syria — RIA

Reuters
May 21. 2018 10:55PM
A Syrian army soldier stands on a military vehicle at a damaged site in al-Hajar al-Aswad, Syria, on Monday. (REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)



MOSCOW — Russia’s military said on Monday it had shot down an unidentified drone that came close to its Syrian air base at Hmeimim, RIA news agency said, citing the Russian Defense Ministry.

“There are neither casualties nor physical damage. Russia’s Hmeimim air base is operating as normal,” it said.

The British-based war monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said explosions had been heard near the base and appeared to have come from Russian air defenses confronting an attack.

(Reporting by Denis Pinchuk and Lisa Barrington; Editing by Kevin Liffey)


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