Radical Islamists attacked 31 December mortars the base Hamim, wrote the Russian newspaper «Kommersant», citing two military-diplomatic source.
It is noted that the result was killed at least four front-line bomber su-24, two multi-purpose fighter su-35S and one military transport aircraft An-72. The publication writes that after being hit by a mortar shell detonated the ammunition depot.
According to informal data, wounds could get more than ten soldiers. The Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation is not yet commented.
The publication writes that the shelling of the air base Hamim can be considered one of the most serious incidents for the duration of the air campaign in Syria.
The base Hamim is located in the West of Syria, there is based Russian aviation.
Research group Conflict Intelligence Team reported that in Syria on December 31 in the crash of a Mi-24 helicopter, killing two Russian soldiers. In the defense Ministry explained that a technical malfunction.
The military conflict in Syria lasts since 2011. The fighting involved government forces, the opposition, radical Islamists, Kurds and the militants of the «Islamic state».
In September 2015 to conflict joined Russia. In March 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the withdrawal of the main Russian forces from the country, but the aviation group of the Russian Federation continued to strike blows to positions of forces opposing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
11 Dec 2017 Putin ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria in the places of permanent deployment on the territory of the Russian Federation. 22 December, Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told him that the order for the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria made.
According to the Minister, in Syria, there were three battalions of military police centre of reconciliation of the parties, the point of logistics Russian Navy in Tartus and aviation group on the basis Hamim.
The base Hamim in Syria fired mortars destroyed seven planes — «Kommersant» 04.01.2018