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Dozens Of Russian, Syrian Airstrikes Target Militants Positions In Southern Idlib & Northern Hama

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Dozens Of Russian, Syrian Airstrikes Target Militants Positions In Southern Idlib & Northern Hama

A Russian Su-24 takes off on a combat mission at Hemeimeem airbase, Syria, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. IMAGE: AP PHOTO/VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV

Russian and Syrian warplanes have conducted 91 airstrikes on northern Hama and southern Idlib since the morning of June 29, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

The London-based monitoring group said that the airstrikes targeted more than 20 villages and towns in the northern, northwestern Hama countryside, as well as in the southern and southwestern countryside of Idlib.

According to several pro-government activists, the Russian and Syria airstrikes targeted positions, ammo depots and vehicles of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies.

The Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) intensified their aerial operations over Greater Idlib in the last few days to support the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) ground operations there. However, the army failed to recapture the villages of Jibeen and Tell Meleh in northern Hama.

The continued airstrikes indicate that Damascus and its allies are still determined to go on with their ground operations around Greater Idlib, despite the recent setback.

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