On April 19, Russian Defense Ministry announced that the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) had destroyed a training base near the city of Palmyra, in Central Syria, killing about 220 militants.
According to Rear Adm. Alexander Karpov, Deputy Head of Russian Coordination Center in Hmeimim, terrorists have established a hidden military base northeast of Palmyra, where they formed terrorist groups for deployment in several areas of Syria in order to carry out terrorist operations.
“After confirming the data on the location of terrorist targets through several channels, the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out air strikes, as a result of which two shelters, up to 200 militants, 24 pick-up trucks with heavy machine guns, as well as about 500 kg of ammunition and components for creating improvised explosive devices were destroyed.” – the statement reads.
The Russian Military Official noted that terrorist groups were planning to launch terrorist operations and attacks on the Syrian State’s institutions in several cities to destabilize the country before the Presidential elections on May 26th.
RusVesna released video showing the attack that was carried out by Su-24M attack aircraft.
On April 18, warplanes of the VKS carried out more than 70 airstrikes on ISIS cells in the central region of Syria.
The airstrikes came a day after ISIS claimed that two Russian special forces operatives were killed in eastern Homs during a failed landing operation. No other sources confirmed these ISIS claims, no evidences have been provided yet.
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