The crew of a Russian Su-30 fighter prepare to take off at Hmeimim aerodrome in Syria. © Dmitriy Vinogradov / RIA Novosti

Russian jets hit 63 ISIL targets in Syria’s Hama, Latakia, Idlib, Raqqa

Russian jets have carried out 64 sorties hitting 63 ISIL targets in Syria’s provinces of Hama, Latakia, Idlib, Raqqa over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry said Sunday.

“Su-34, Su-24M and Su-25SM jets carried out 64 sorties from the Khmeimim airbase on 63 targets in the provinces of Hama, Latakia, Idlib and Raqqa,” the Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman said.

Russian aviation destroyed 53 ISIL strongholds, 1 command center, 4 training camps and 7 warehouses in Syria, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said at a briefing.

Russian Su-24M jets have destoyed ISIL field headquaters in Salma that had been coordinating terrorists’ actions in Latakia, Konashenkov added. Moreover, Su-25SM hit ISIL’s training camp in Idlib.

Russian Aerospace Forces have destoyed ISIL facilities, ammunition and procurement depots; it also hit a jihadists’ battery consisting of 6 vehicles equipped with mortars in the Latakia province over the past 24 hours.

Intelligence data shows growing panic among Islamic State militants, he said.

Russia has intercepted ISIL militants’ calls for reinforcement from Raqqa as well as shipments of weapons as their arms and ammunition have been destroyed during Russian airstrikes in Syria.

Konashenkov said that Russian experts noted progress in the talks on the safety of aviation flights in Syria’s airspace between the Russian Defense Ministry and Pentagon.
By Sputnik News