BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:50 P.M.) – Russia says its military repelled an attack by 13 “militant” drones on its Khmeimim Air Base and Tartus naval facility in Syria on Saturday.

In a statement, the Russian Ministry of Defence said its forces had detected ten drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), approaching its air base in Lakatia province and another three targeting the naval logistics facility in the coastal city of Tartus.

It went on to say the drones were either shot down by Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile launchers or disabled by electronic defence systems before reaching their target.

Images released by the defence ministry show one of the captured UAVs carrying several improvised explosive devices.

Some reports suggested the attack was carried out by an “Islamist faction”.

Khmeimim was also hit by mortar shelling on December 31 which claimed the lives of two Russian military personnel.

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