The Russian Defense Minisry reported Tuesday that 2,100 members of militant groups had been killed in clashes with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces in northern Hama.
The Russian General Staff’s Main Operations Directorate, Colonel-General Sergey Rudskoy said that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nura, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies had deployed some 10,000 fighters for their offensive in northern Hama which started on March 21.
Rudskoy added that the SAA and the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed 55 armoured vehicles, 22 “jihad-mobiles” (most likely Rudskoy refered to SVBIEDs) and over 100 vehicles equippend with heavy weapons.
However, the numbers provided by the Russian Defense Ministry cannot be independently verified by video and photo evidence.
Meanwhile, the United Nations said that about 40,000 people, mainly women and children, have been displaced as a result of clashes in northeastern Hama, Reuters reported.