Warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces deployed in Syria have made 316 combat sorties over the past five days and carried out 819 airstrikes on ISIS terrorists, the chief of the main operations department of the Russian General Staff, General Sergey Rudskoy, announced on Monday.
“To eliminate the encircled terrorists trying to retreat towards Deir Ezzor the intensity of strikes by Russian aircraft was increased to 60-70 sorties a day. Russia’s Aerospace Force carries out air reconnaissance and eliminates IS armored vehicles, pickup trucks armed with heavy weapons and truck convoys carrying ammunition round the clock. Over the past five days Russian planes flew 316 sorties to deal 819 strikes,” Rudskoy said at a press conference.
According to Rudskoy, Russian warplanes have carried out 990 sorties since the start of August and conducted 2,518 airstrikes on terrorist targets.
The airstrikes destroyed 40 units of the military equipment, 106 trucks carrying heavy machineguns and up to 800 terrorists.
Rudskoy added that the operation to liberate “central Syria from terrorists is nearing completion.”