Russia conducts 64 sorties in Syria, hitting 55 ISIS targets

Moscow, SANA- The Russian Aerospace Forces have conducted 64 sorties in Syria hitting 55 ISIS targets during the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.

SPUTNIK Russian News Agency quoted the Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov as saying in a statement that the Russian Air Force jets have destroyed 29 ISIS field camps and ammunition depots in Hama province, adding that the strikes also hit two ISIS command centers and 23 strongholds.

He added that Russian Aerospace Force’s strikes destroyed ISIS major technical, logistic support objects as well as a fortified area equipped with firing points, mortar emplacements and ammunition depots.

Konashenkov pointed out that the strikes were conducted by Su-34, Su-24M and Su-25SM aircraft, adding that the Russian airstrikes in Syria have significantly reduced ISIS’s combat potential, their mobility as well as offensive ability.

Currently, ISIS is conducting an “active redeployment” of weapons, military equipment and vehicles with ammunition almost on the whole territory of Syria aimed at the “urgent restoration of combat capability of the operating armed gangs,” Konashenkov added.

“Su-24M bombers hit a large ISIS stronghold east of Tal Alam in Aleppo countryside, where pillboxes, mortar artillery positions, as well as underground ammunition depots and food storages were located.”

The Russian military has increased the intensity of combat flights in Syria as the number of ISIS targets has grown, the Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman said.

“The increased intensity of the combat missions of our aircraft is related to a significant rise in the number of ground targets identified by means of air and space reconnaissance throughout the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic” Konashenkov said.

Since 30th September, the Russian Air Force has carried out air strikes as part of the agreement between Syria and Russia to combat terrorism and eliminate ISIS terrorist organization.

Russian sorties on Friday left 300 terrorists dead in Aleppo, Raqqa, Hama, Idleb and Lattakia and destroyed 60 targets for ISIS terrorists.

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