Russia expands its aerial campaign to Syria's Daraa province
Syrian men walk past the rubble of buildings recently destroyed in airstrikes by government forces on the rebel-held neighborhood of Tareeq al-Saad in Daraa city, on August 26, 2015. (AFP/File)
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For the first time Russia has carried out strikes in southern Syria’s Daraa Province in an alleged expansion of its aerial campaign, AFP reported Thursday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that strikes have been carried out on the Hara, Tal Antar, Kafr Nasaj and Aqrab areas of northern Daraa by warplanes that are believed to belong to Russia.
"This would be the first time that Russian planes have carried out strikes in Daraa," informed the Observatory head.
No further details on casualties or damages were provided by the Britain-based monitor.
The targeted province, which borders Jordan, is said to be controlled by moderate and Islamist rebels, Al-Nusra Front, along with an array of opposition groups, while the provincial capital is divided between regime and rebel forces.
This is the first time that the province experiences this kind of large-scale ground operation launched by government forces in collaboration with Russian strikes since Moscow's air campaign began on Sept. 30.
Russia is being accused of targeting its air campaigns on Islamist rebels rather than extremists, but Russia claims that it is targeting Daesh [ISIS] and other “terrorists.”