Russia hits 63 targets in Syria in past 24 hours

Published October 11th, 2015 - 05:46 GMT
A Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet operated by Russia's air force, similar to those flying sorties over Syria. (Wikimedia/Aleksander Markin)
A Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet operated by Russia's air force, similar to those flying sorties over Syria. (Wikimedia/Aleksander Markin)

Russian fighter jets hit 63 targets in Syria in the past 24 hours, the defense ministry said Sunday, as Moscow intensifies a campaign it says is aimed against the Islamic State (Daesh) militant group.

"Su-34, Su-24M and Su-25SM planes carried out 64 sorties from the Hmeimim airbase against 63 targets in the provinces of Hama, Latakia, Idlib and Raqqa," the defense ministry said in a statement.

AFP quotes the Russian military as claiming that the air strikes had destroyed 53 positions used by the "terrorists", as well as a command post, four training camps and seven ammunition depots.

Russia said its campaign in the war-torn country was rattling IS fighters, claiming that radio intercepts showed "growing panic" among them.


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