According to the newspaper “Kommersant”, the Russian base Hamim in Syria December 31, were subjected to mortar shelling by terrorist groups. In the attack, the Russian side lost 7 aircraft, including su-24, su-35S and An-72. Many soldiers were injured.
The edition “Kommersant” with reference to sources from the diplomatic circles reports serious incident on the base Hamim. Without going into details, sources said that the radical Islamists with mortars destroyed four bombers su-24, two su-35S and one transport ship An-72. Was also blown up an ammunition dump. According to informal data, wounds were got by more than ten soldiers.
The publication stresses that the incident can be considered one of the most serious for all time of the presence of videoconferencing in Syria, since we are talking about mass destruction of Russian military equipment and soldiers. The defense Ministry this information has not yet commented. Only officially confirmed the death of two pilots who, in that day, a Russian helicopter Mi-24. This indicates that the loss is not associated with the fire exposure, summed up the technique.
The incident happened against the background of the withdrawal of most Russian troops from the territory of Syria. According to military experts, if data loss is confirmed, then you can count on the strengthening of the Russian forces in Hamim. So, the Russian side has repeatedly blamed the Western coalition that they prepare gangs, supplying them with intelligence and weapons.