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Russian Jets Strike 146 Terrorist Targets Around Palmyra

Sputnik News

18:32 24.03.2016(updated 19:45 24.03.2016)

From March 20 to March 23 Russian jets conducted 146 sorties, hitting 146 terrorist targets around Palmyra, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Russian warplanes also eliminated 320 terrorists, the ministry said in a daily bulletin posted on its website.

"From March 20 to March 23 Russian Air and Space Forces conducted 41 sorties around Palmyra, Homs province, hitting 146 military terrorist targets. Six command centers, 320 terrorists, five tanks, six artillery systems, two ammunition depots and 15 vehicles were destroyed," the bulletin read.

Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with forces loyal to President Bashar Assad's government fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups.

On February 22, Russia and the United States reached an agreement on a ceasefire in Syria, which took effect on February 27.

The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation at the Hmeimim airbase registered seven violations of the ceasefire regime in two Syrian provinces in the last 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"The cessation of hostilities in Syria has been respected in general. However, a total of seven violations of the ceasefire regime have been registered, including five in the Aleppo province, and two – in the Latakia province," the ministry said in a daily bulletin posted on the ministry's website.

Meanwhile, Daesh terrorists are preparing an offensive on Syrian Arab Army positions near Aleppo, the bulletin said.

"According to information obtained from Aleppo locals, there are a lot of terrorists in the populated areas of Al-Safirah, Marran, Shamir, Um Adasa, Dayr Antah. We can conclude that the terrorists are getting ready for the big offensive on the Syrian government army's position in Aleppo province," the bulletin read," the bulletin read.


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