Russia has successfully destroyed over 600 ISIS targets in Syria over the past 4 days, the Russian Defense Ministry have confirmed, amid a total media blackout by the West of their campaign.
“Over the past four days Russian aviation has conducted 157 combat missions hitting 579 terrorist targets in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Deir Ezzur, Homs, Hama, Raqqa and Lattakia,” the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters.
More than 40 tons of humanitarian aid have been delivered to the Syrian areas blocked by terrorists, including Deir Ezzur, Konashnkov added.
“The command of the Russian air group in Syria continues to deliver food and first aid to the Syrian territories blocked by the terrorists. Yesterday, we delivered over 40 tons of the humanitarian aid to residents of Deir Ezzur and other besieged areas,” the spokesman added.
Russian Su-34 strike aircraft bombed several ISIL targets in the Syrian province of Lattakia, wiping out 20 enemy militants and 4 pickup trucks with mounted machine guns, Russia’s Defense Ministry representative Major General Igor Konashenkov told media Tuesday.
According to Konashenkov, the airstrikes were launched against ISIL militants holding strategic elevated positions in the province.
As acts of provocations, terrorists have increased attacks on civilians in order to blame the Syrian Army for the shelling later, Igor Konashenkov noted.
“Seeing that they have no chance of halting the government troops’ advance, terrorists have resorted to provoking the army forces by attacking civilians with artillery and mortar strikes and then trying to pin the blame on the Syrian Army,” the spokesman said.
According to Konashenkov, Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group and al-Nusra Front have launched rocket and artillery strikes on the Fuaa and Kefraya towns of the Idlib province.
A Russian military aircraft obliterated terrorist strongpoints in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzur where ISIL militants earlier carried out a mass execution of civilians, Russia’s Defense Ministry representative Major General Igor Konashenkov told media Tuesday.
“A Russian Su-34 strike aircraft bombed terrorist strongpoints in the vicinity of the village of Bgelia in Deir Ezzur province, where earlier ISIL militants attempted to terrorize local populace by carrying out a mass execution of about 300 civilians,” Konashenkov said.
He also added that three cargo trucks loaded with munitions, two off-road vehicles with mounted ZU-23 twin-barreled autocannons were destroyed and about 60 terrorists were killed during the airstrike.
Since September 30, Russia has been conducting a separate aerial campaign in Syria against ISIL following a request from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.