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Russian Aerospace Forces Actively Support Syrian Army in Repelling Attacks

Sputnik News

18:08 01.08.2016(updated 18:12 01.08.2016)

The Russian Aerospace Forces are actively supporting the Syrian government armed forces in repelling enemy attacks by delivering selective strikes on militants and avoiding populated areas, the Russian General staff said Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Rudskoy noted that, unlike the US-led anti-Daesh coalition active near Manbij, Russian aircraft do their utmost to avoid collateral civilian damage by not targeting populated areas within city limits.

"The Russian Aerospace Forces aviation actively supports government troops in repelling enemy attacks, carrying out selective strikes on militant positions," Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy told reporters.

The Syrian armed forces with the support of Russian combat planes repelled a terrorist offensive near the city of Aleppo, killing over 800 militants and destroying 14 tanks, Rudskoy added.

"Together with the Syrian army troops and the national militia, with the support of Russian aviation, a militant attack was repelled at 4 a.m. today. More than 800 militants were killed, and 14 tanks, 10 infantry fighting vehicles, and more than 60 vehicles with mounted weapons destroyed," Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy.

Rudskoy noted that militant continued to pull reserves from other areas, intimidate government troops, prevent the local population's escape form the combat zone, as well as its use as a so-called human shield.

"Thus, the terrorists executed four people attempting to exit through the humanitarian corridors yesterday in the eastern part of Aleppo," he said.

Sputnik



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