On Friday, Syrian local news sources reported that the Russian Army had launched the construction of a permanent military base in the eastern suburban area of Homs. According to the report, the 91.5-acre base will be erected on a hill, 600 meters above sea level, and it will have a 780-meter airstrip. According to the report, there will also be a special camp located north of Tadmor attached to the base.
The base will be located in a nearby location around the buildings used by the Assad regime’s Air Force. To protect the construction site from possible attacks, Russian forces have taken precautions, including digging trenches, the report stated.
Syria has been devastated by a civil war since early-2011 because of the Assad regime’s violent response against pro-democracy protesters. The country has been gone through one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world. According to UN reports, hundreds of thousands of people have lost their lives, and millions of people had to flee the country during a decade-long war. Currently, Russia has supported the Assad regime against opposition groups.