Monday, October 26, 2015

Russia Hits Record 94 Targets in Syria within 24h

Russian jets struck 94 terrorist targets in Syria over the past 24 hours, the highest one-day tally since Moscow started its bombing campaign on September 30, the military said.

"In 59 sorties in the past 24 hours, Russia's air force hit 94 terrorist targets in the provinces of Hama, Idleb, Lattakia, Damascus, Aleppo and Deir Ezzor," Russian news agencies quoted defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov as saying.

Igor added that in three days of operations, the Russian aviation group in Syria has carried out 164 sorties and has hit 258 targets belonging to the so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) and al-Nusra Front terrorist groups, the Defense Ministry said.

Konashenkov said a large ammunition dump belonging to al-Nusra terror group has been destroyed in Syria’s Damascus province. The two metallic hangars were razed to the ground as munitions inside them detonated following a direct hit by a Russian bomber.

Su-25 attack jets have destroyed three fortified points of Islamic State terrorists near the village of Salma in the province of Latakia,” Konashenkov said. “The sites were equipped with bunkers, pillboxes and mortar positions.”

In Aleppo, the Russian planes bombed an Islamic State command center used by the terrorists to coordinate their actions against the Syrian Army units near the Quaires airport, the spokesman added. In the same region, an Islamic State base equipped with anti-aircraft guns, mortars and heavy machine guns was destroyed in an airstrike.

A video posted on the ministry's official YouTube channel also showed an airstrike in Hama.

  • The Defense Ministry also denied a report by Human Rights Watch about suspected casualties among Syrian civilians allegedly caused by a Russian airstrike on a hospital.
  • Konashenkov said that such claims were nothing but “stovepiping,” but are still “carefully monitored and analyzed” by the ministry.
Such anonymous, unverified information is released especially for the purpose of being picked up by the Western media, he declared.

Russia launched airstrikes targeting all terror groups in Syria on September 30, following a formal request from President Bashar Assad.
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