Syrian forces have successfully intercepted and shot down three weaponized drones that were dispatched by the rebel group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the northwestern provinces of Idlib and Hama. The unmanned aerial vehicles were reportedly on a mission to target government-controlled towns in the rural areas of Hama and Idlib.
The incident was reported by the state news agency SANA, as well as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor, which independently verified the downing of the three drones. The Defense Ministry was cited as the source of the report.
In addition to the drone interception, Russian airstrikes were also conducted in the Idlib region, resulting in the death of eight HTS militants according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
HTS, a former al-Qaida affiliate, currently holds control over a significant portion of Idlib. The group has been involved in various clashes with Syrian government forces over the years.
The interception of these weaponized drones highlights the ongoing conflict in Syria and the continued use of aerial warfare. Both the Syrian government and rebel groups have utilized drones as a tactical weapon in their struggle for control.
It is worth noting that the use of drones in warfare has become increasingly prevalent in recent years, providing a cheaper and more accessible alternative to traditional military aircraft. As a result, governments and security forces worldwide have been developing strategies to counter this emerging threat.
– Xinhua News Agency