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Russia Raids Syrian Desert Area to Secure Homs,Deir Ezzor Road

Russia Raids Syrian Desert Area to Secure Homs,Deir Ezzor Road

Tuesday, 26 January, 2021 - 08:30
Sukhoi T-50 fighter climbing after takeoff (File photo: Reuters)

Russian warplanes launched about a hundred raids on Aleppo, Hama, and Raqqa triangle governorates after four Syrian soldiers were killed in an ISIS ambush.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported the raids, saying Russian fighter jets flew over the Syrian desert and executed intensive airstrikes on ISIS positions in the Aleppo-Raqqah-Hama triangle and Deir Ezzor-Homs road.

The Observatory documented over 95 Russian airstrikes in 24 hours, which started after the ISIS attack in the desert that killed four members of regime forces, including a first lieutenant, and injured ten others.

SOHR indicated that the large-scale security campaign led by Russia and its affiliated forces continued in the Syrian desert to secure Deir Ezzor-Homs road, in the wake of ISIS increased operations.

Joint forces of the National Defense Forces, the Palestinian al-Quds Corps, and the 5th Corps combed the area from Kabajeb and al-Shawla in the west of Der Ezzor to al-Sukhnah.

State agency Sana announced that three soldiers were killed, and ten others were injured after terrorist groups targeted the bus carrying them.

The bus was “on Deir Ezzor–Palmyra road, in al-Malha –al-Shola area, and came under fire from the south side of the road by a terrorist group coming from al-Tanf area, claiming the lives of three soldiers and injuring ten others.”

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement published by its Amaq agency.

The agency quoted military sources as saying that ISIS members attacked a convoy of vehicles for the Syrian army, including buses carrying soldiers and several vehicles, some of which were equipped with heavy machine guns.

The Observatory confirmed in a statement that ISIS was responsible for the attack.

In 2014, ISIS controlled large areas of Syria and Iraq, before it was defeated in the two countries, however, sleeper cells continue to launch attacks.

In the previous months, the organization stepped up attacks against the Syrian regime forces, especially in the east of the country at the border with Iraq.

Syria has been witnessing a conflict since 2011, which killed more than 380,000 people and caused massive damage to the infrastructure. It led to the displacement of millions of people inside and outside the country.

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