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Russian warplanes have hit 285 targets belonging to the Daesh and al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorist groups in Syria over the past three days, the Defense Ministry says.
“Over the past three days, the warplanes of the Russian air group have carried out 164 sorties, hitting 285 targets,” said Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov on Monday.
Konashenkov also said that in the past 24 hours, the Russian aviation group conducted 59 sorties and targeted 94 terrorist sites in Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Damascus, Aleppo and Deir Ezzor Provinces.
The Russian official also noted that the jets destroyed al-Nusra Front’s ammunition dump in Damascus province.
“Su-25 attack jets have destroyed three fortified points” of Daesh terrorists near the village of Salma in the province of Latakia, Konashenkov said, adding that the sites were equipped with “bunkers, pillboxes and mortar positions.”
The Russian jets also bombed a Daesh command post in Aleppo that was used to coordinate attacks against Syrian forces near the Quaires airport, the Russian official said, adding that another Daesh base with anti-aircraft guns, mortars and machine guns was bombed in the same region.
The spokesman also dismissed a claim by the Syrian-American Medical Society that the Russian jets had targeted medical facilities in Syria and killed civilians and medical staff.
“The true purpose of these organizations is to create unsourced information for designated media outlets to pick up,” Konashenkov said.
On September 30, Russia launched its airstrikes against Takfiri terrorists in Syria upon a request by Damascus, shortly after the upper house of the Russian parliament gave President Vladimir Putin the mandate to use the air force in the Arab country.
Since September 2014, the US along with some of its allies has been conducting airstrikes against purported Daesh extremists inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate. The airstrikes in Syria are an extension of the US-led aerial campaign against alleged Daesh positions in Iraq, which started in August 2014.