Russian Jets Conduct 16 Sorties in Syria Over Past 24 Hours
16:13 20.01.2016(updated 19:15 20.01.2016)
Russian aviation has conducted 16 sorties in Syria over past 24 hours hitting 57 terrorist targets in two provinces, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
'Over the past 24 hours the jets of the Russian Air and Space Forces have carried out 16 combat missions hitting 57 terrorist targets,' the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters.
'Due to poor weather conditions and in an attempt to avoid casualties among civilians, Russian aircraft only performed combat missions in the provinces of Latakia and Deir ez-Zor,' Konashekov added.
Over the past 24 hours, Russian Air Forces have also destroyed a field camp held by Daesh terrorists in Deir ez-Zor. The terrorists' multiple rocket launchers, artillery and fuel storage were also destroyed by Russian jets, Konashenkov noted.
'Russian Su-34 bomber jet hit the terrorists' field artillery in the town of Meshiya, in Deir ez-Zor province. Surveillance confirmed the destruction of three artillery systems,' the Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman told journalists.
Also, according to Konashenkov, Russian aircraft bombed enemy rocket artillery positions and a fuel depot in the vicinity of the village of Bgelia in Deir ez-Zor province. 'Surveillance confirmed the destruction of two rocket artillery systems as well as detonation of the fuel stored at the facility,' he said.
'A Daesh field training camp in the vicinity of the village of Mreya in Deir ez Zor province was bombed. A militants' command post and barracks located on the premises were obliterated by direct hits,' Konashenkov said.
The Russian group's warplanes hit the terrorists as they fled Latakia being attacked by the Syrian Army, Konashekov said.
'Over the past 24 hours, Russian jets carried out 4 strikes on the terrorists near Jabal al-Akrad (Latakia province), who left their positions while being attacked by the Syrian Armed Forces and patriotic opposition units,' the spokesman said.
He also said that a Su-34 aircraft bombed a workshop in the vicinity of Hatla, which the militants were using to manufacture carbombs. Target data was actually provided by the Syrian opposition.
The terrorists' workshop was completely wiped out by the airstrike, Konashenkov added.
Moreover, Russia continues to provide humanitarian aid to Syria. On January 15, Russian aircraft delivered nearly 50 tons of humanitarian aid to Deir ez-Zor, the spokesman said.
'Russian Armed Forces continue conducting a humanitarian operation aimed at delivering supplies to the civilians trapped in the regions of Syria controlled by the militants. On January 15 a cargo plane of the Syrian Air Force using Rusian P-7 platforms airdropped a total of 50 tons worth of food supplies and basic necessities to the city of Deir ez-Zor,' the general said.
He also added that another humanitarian cargo is currently being prepared for delivery to the city of Deir ez-Zor which is currently being cut off by terrorists.
As Konashenkov said earlier, on January 18 'over 40 tons worth of humanitarian aid were dispatched to the residents of the city of Deir ez Zor and other regions.'
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