On April 18, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) carried out a series of airstrikes on ISIS cells in the central region of Syria.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 70 airstrikes hit the central region. The airstrikes targeted the following areas:
- The eastern countryside of Hama;
- The outskirts of the town of Resafa in the southern countryside of Raqqa;
- The administrative border between Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.
“The airstrikes hit caves and bunkers, which is very likely that ISIS members are holed up in, as well as the back lines in an attempt to put an end to ISIS activity in the region, amid reports of casualties,” the monitoring group said in a report.
The airstrikes came following claims by ISIS that two Russian special forces operatives were killed in eastern Homs during a failed landing operation. These claims, which appears to be a mere propaganda stunt, are yet to be verified by any credible source.
VKS operations inflicted heavy losses on ISIS cells in central Syria. The recent Russian airstrikes on the region were so effective that the terrorist group had to slow down its attacks on Syrian government forces and move away from all strategic highways.
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