The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) have intensified their combat operations against ISIS cells in central Syrian, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on March 10.
According to the London-based monitoring group, Russian warplanes carried out 280 airstrikes on the group’s hideouts in the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa in the last four days. At least 55 airstrikes were conducted in the last 24 hours only.
The Russian airstrikes were focused on:
- The vicinity of the towns of Ithriyah and Rahjan in eastern Hama;
- The Raqqa desert;
- The administrative border between Raqqa and Deir Ezzor provinces.
The SOHR claimed in its report that the last wave of Russian airstrikes on central Syria had claimed the lives of at least 43 terrorists of ISIS.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and other pro-government factions continue to operate against ISIS cells in the central region on the ground.
In the last two days, army units eliminated an ISIS cell and destroyed a vehicle in western Deir Ezzor. Other equipment of ISIS, including a motorcycle, were seized.
The recent operations by the SAA and the VKS limited the ISIS freedom of movement in the central region and forced the group to step down its attacks. Heavy human and material losses were also inflicted on the terrorist group’s cells.
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