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Syrian Air Force Hit Over 560 Terrorist Targets in Past Week

Sputnik News

20:11 16.12.2015(updated 20:53 16.12.2015)

The Syrian air force carried out some 200 combat missions in the past week, hitting 563 terrorist targets in seven provinces, a Syrian army spokesman said Wednesday.

LATAKIA (Syria) (Sputnik) – The Syrian air force has destroyed several terrorists command centers in various regions of the country and two columns of military hardware in Aleppo province, army spokesman said.

'In the period from December 10 to December 16, the Syrian air force carried out 193 sorties against 563 terrorist targets in the Damascus, Homs, Hama, Idlib, Aleppo, Latakia and Deir ez-Zor,' Brigadier General Ali Mayhoub told reporters.

According to Mayhoub, the airstrikes destroyed scores of terrorist command posts and objects of infrastructure.

'Two terrorists' strongholds of the Al-Nusra Front in the Hama province were destroyed. Two ammunition depot and supply center were also destroyed in the Aleppo and Hama provinces,' the general said.

He also noted that 'the Syrian forces have destroyed two Daesh command centers in the northern al-Mahsa (Homs province) and in Deir ez-Zor'.

'Terrorist subunits were destroyed near Saraquib in the province of Idlib, in Hama and in Homs,' Mayhoub added.

Scores of terrorists were killed and injured as the Syrian and Russian fighter jets resumed their airstrikes on terrorists' positions in Hama province on Wednesday.

Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, when mass anti-government protest against President Bashar Assad and the ruling party escalated into an open armed confrontation between government troops and allied militia on the one hand, and the Syrian opposition on the other.

Apart from fighting the rebels in the ongoing conflict, government forces have had to counter extremist groups as well, including the Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS/Daesh in Arabic) militant group, which is outlawed in Russia.

Russia has been assisting both the government and civilians in the war-torn Syria. Since September 30, Moscow has been conducting precision airstrikes on terrorist positions in Syria, following a request from Assad.

Between November 27 and December 10, the Syrian air force carried out 364 sorties, striking 1,300 terrorist targets across four provinces.


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