Russian warplanes carried out around 700 airstrikes on ISIS cells in central Syria in the last ten days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on February 13.
According to the London-based monitoring group, at least 40 airstrikes hit ISIS cells in the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle in the last 24 hours.
In its report, the SOHR said the intense Russian airstrikes are meant to “reduce the [terrorist] group’s growing activities in the [central] region.”
The last few days saw a decline in ISIS attacks in the central region. Nevertheless, limited clashes are still ongoing on several fronts there.
The SOHR claims that 33 terrorists of ISIS and 56 fighters of the Syrian Arab Army and other pro-government factions were killed in the central region over the last ten days.
ISIS has been working to expand its influence in central Syria for more than a year. The terrorist group’s cells managed to penetrate a number of areas in eastern Hama, southern Aleppo, southern Raqqa and western Deir Ezzor. However, they failed to establish new strongholds.
Syrian government forces and the Russian Aerospace Forces are currently working to re-contain ISIS within the Homs desert, which lays between eastern Homs and western Deir Ezzor.
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