Russian warplanes target IS in eastern Syria

10 October 2017 | 16:08

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 10 October 2017 | 16:08

A photo of a load of ammunition prepared to be loaded on to Russian war planes at Hemeimeem air base in Syria. Dec. 18, 2015. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: The Russian military said its warplanes have targeted Islamic State militants who have moved into Syria from Iraq, killing over 100 of them. 

Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said on Tuesday that Russian aircraft have conducted 182 strikes in the past 24 hours.

Konashenkov said Russian drones had spotted an IS stronghold near the eastern town of Mayadeen and Su-34 bombers targeted it with a series of strikes, killing over 70 militants and destroying seven tanks and other armored vehicles and other weapons.

He said another Russian airstrike killed 34 militants who came from Iraq and seven vehicles.

Russia has intensified its air campaign in support of the Syrian army's offensive in the eastern oil-rich Deir el-Zour province, near the Iraqi border.

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