At 9:15 A.M. Damascus Time on Monday morning, a loud explosion rocked the provincial capital of the Latakia Governorate, as an identified reconnaissance aircraft crashed into a residential apartment building, resulting in a cloud of orange smoke spreading through this coastal city in western Syria.
According to a military source in the Latakia Governorate, the loud explosion was originally thought to be a bomb that was detonated inside a residential building; however, video footage confirmed that the explosion was in fact caused by an unmanned reconnaissance drone that was flying above this coastal province.
As of now, the Syrian authorities do not know who the reconnaissance drone belongs to, nor do they possess details regarding the crash and the destruction of the residential apartment building.
This marks the first time that an unmanned aircraft has struck a civilian neighborhood inside Syria; however, this is the second drone to have illegally entered Syrian Air Space in the province of Latakia in the last two months – the first unmanned aircraft belonged U.S. Air Force and it was downed by the Syrian Arab Army in northern Latakia.
Currently, there have been no confirmed fatalities due to the drone crash, but sources in Latakia have reported that a handful of victims were taken to the hospital due to injuries sustained during the explosion.