Syrian Arab Army (SAA) units in the northwestern Hama countryside shot down on December 11 an armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
The state-run news agency said the armed UAV, which came from Greater Idlib, was attempting to strike a target in the town of Furaykah.
Pro-government activists released a photo of the drone, which appeared identical to the type used before to attack the Russian Hmeimim airbase on the Syrian coast. The UAV was armed with several small-diameter munitions.
This type of armed drones is reportedly being manufactured and operated by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria.
The Russian Ministry of Defense had accused the U.S. of facilitating similar drone attacks. Many reports by Sputnik also claimed that HTS is receiving these drones and their parts from Turkey.