Russian jets hit 63 targets in Syria in past 24 hours

2015-10-11 18:06
A bomb  released from Russian Su-24M jet fighter in Syria. (Russian Defence Ministry Press Service via AP)

A bomb released from Russian Su-24M jet fighter in Syria. (Russian Defence Ministry Press Service via AP)

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Moscow - Russian fighter jets hit 63 targets in Syria in the past 24 hours, the defence ministry said on Sunday, as Moscow intensifies a campaign it says is aimed against the Islamic State jihadist group.

"Su-34, Su-24M and Su-25SM planes carried out 64 sorties from the Hmeimim airbase against 63 targets in the provinces of Hama, Latakia, Idlib and Raqa," the defence ministry said in a statement.

The Russian military claimed that the air strikes had destroyed 53 positions used by the "terrorists", as well as a command post, four training camps and seven ammunition depots.

Russia said its campaign in the war-torn country was rattling IS fighters, claiming that radio intercepts showed "growing panic" among them.

On Saturday, the defence ministry claimed that fighters were running low on arms, ammunition and fuel, leading them to abandon their combat positions for the country's east and northeast.

In an interview with a state television broadcaster on Sunday, President Vladimir Putin reiterated that Russia was not planning on sending ground troops to Syria.

Defence ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said on Sunday the Russian side had noted progress in its negotiations with the Pentagon on preventing accidents in Syrian airspace, where a US-led coalition is leading a separate bombing campaign.

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