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Over 7 Russian jets crashed at Syria's Hmeymim airbase

Over 7 Russian jets crashed at  Syria's Hmeymim airbase
At least seven Russian planes were destroyed by opposition shelling at the Hmeymim air base in Syria on Dec. 31, Reuters quoted local media as saying.

In the single biggest loss of military hardware for Russia since it launched air strike in Syria in autumn 2015, more than 10 servicemen were wounded in the attack.

At least four Su-24 bombers, two Su-35S fighters and an An-72 transport plane, as well as an ammunition depot, were destroyed by the shelling.

The Russian defense ministry had not commented. 

Earlier on Wednesday, the ministry said a Mi-24 helicopter had crash-landed in Syria on Dec. 31 due to a technical fault and two pilots died.

Last month, Russia began establishing a permanent presence at Hmeymim and a naval base at Tartous although Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a “significant” withdrawal of his military from Syria, declaring their work largely done.

Last Modified: Thursday، 04 January 2018 11:51 AM