Russian warplanes destroy IS tanker column, 100 fuel-transfer stations in Syria

The Russian Air Force has conducted 59 combat missions hitting 200 ISIL targets in 7 Syrian provinces over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense ministry said.

“Over the past 24 hours Russian warplanes have conducted 59 sorties, hitting 212 ISIL targets in the Syrian province of Aleppo, Idlib, Lattakia, Hama, Homs, al-Hasakah an Raqqa,” the Defense Ministry spokesman told journalists.

Aircraft from Russia’s Aerospace Forces in Syria have also destroyed more than 300 militants and scores of armored vehicles over the last 24 hours, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Wednesday, Sputnik reported.

“More than 320 militants and 34 armored vehicles of terrorists, including two tanks, one infantry fighting vehicle, 15 jeeps equipped with large-caliber guns were destroyed,” Konashenkov told journalists in Syria’s Lattakia.

In the past 24 hours, Russian jets have also destroyed a column of tanker trucks and more than 100 fuel-transfer stations used by terrorists, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov added.

“In order to disrupt terrorists’ sources of income, Russian Su-34 bomber jets destroyed 94 fuel-transfer stations near Deir Ezzur,” he said.

According to Konashenkov, in the al-Hasakah province during the “free hunt” mission Su-34 has destroyed column of 15 fuel tankers which were carrying oil in northern direction extracted from terrorist-controlled areas.

Having received the intel from the Syrian opposition, the Russian aviation has destroyed an ISIL base in the Homs province and terrorists’ stronghold in the Aleppo province, Igor Konashenkov said.

“Near the Al-Qaryatayn in the Syrian province of Homs Su-24M destroyed a hidden ISIL base. In the dungeons terrorists have organized a command post, arm depot and outqaurters,” Maj. Gen. Konashenkov added.

He noted that terrorists’ objects were destroyed using direct strikes.

A Russian Su-25 fighter jet has destroyed a major military base of ISIL terrorists in Maarrat al-Nu’man, Syrian province of Idlib, the General said.

Konashenkov said all Russian aircraft had successfully returned to the Hmeymim air base after the mission.

Russia has been assisting both the government and civilians in the war-torn Syria. Since September 30, Moscow has been conducting precision airstrikes on terrorists positions in Syria, following a request from president Bashar al-Assad.

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