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Russia’s Hmeymim airbase unaffected by Syria earthquake — top brass

"The personnel are fulfilling their assigned objectives," the ministry stressed

MOSCOW, February 6. /TASS/. The earthquake that rocked northwestern Syria had no impact on Russia’s Hmeymim airbase and other military facilities in the Arab country, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Monday.

"The earthquake that occurred in the northwestern portion of Syria on February 6 had no impact on the combat readiness of Russia’s Hmeymim airbase and other military facilities of the Russian group of forces stationed in the Syrian Arab Republic," the ministry said in a statement.

The on-duty forces continue their operations in standard mode, the ministry added.

"The personnel are fulfilling their assigned objectives. There is no damage or destruction caused to Russian military facilities," the ministry stressed.

As of now, 237 people were killed and over 600 others were injured in the Syria earthquake. The Syrian authorities receive no information on casualties and destruction in the areas uncontrolled by Damascus. The tremors destroyed several buildings in the Syrian province of Hama. Tens of people are reportedly trapped under the rubble in the provinces of Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia and Hama. Railway service has been halted in northern Syria and the condition of rail tracks and bridges is being inspected.