Warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) have carried out more than 70 airstrikes on ISIS cells in central Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on May 26.
According to the London-based monitoring group, the airstrikes targeted the following areas:
- The town of Ithriyah and its outskirts in eastern Hama.
- The town of Resafa and its outskirts in southern Raqqa.
- The vicinity of Jabal al Bishri on the administrative border between Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.
“It has been confirmed that five personnel of ISIS were killed in the airstrikes, while others sustained wounds,” the SOHR said in a report.
The VKS’ intense strikes on the central region came following a series of attacks by ISIS cells. Last week, the terrorists launched several attacks on government troops as well as civilians in Aleppo and Raqqa.
Despite sustaining serious losses over the las few months, ISIS cells are still attempting to expand their influence in central Syria, mainly in the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle.
ISIS terrorists, who are situated in the Homs desert, have been reportedly buying supplies and weapons from US-backed fighters based in the southeastern Syrian area of al-Tanf. A garrison of the US-led coalition is located there, supposedly to “counter ISIS”.
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