BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels fired several missiles towards Russia’s Hmeimim Airbase in western Syria this afternoon.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the jihadist rebels fired 17 missiles towards the Hmeimim Airbase, resulting in the activation of the Russian military’s air defense sirens at the installation.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said all of the jihadist missiles were either shot down by their military or they fell short of the Hmeimim Airbase.

Nine missiles were intercepted by the Kheimim’s air defense, Russia’s Defense Ministry said, while eight others hit the ground before reaching the base. The attack, carried out with the use of multiple rocket launcher systems, originated from a terrorist held area in the Idlib province.

The jihadist attack came as the Syrian Army faced a mass militant offensive in the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate on Wednesday.

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