Russia’s air force has delivered more than 40 tonnes of humanitarian aid to areas of Syria which are blocked by “terrorists”, Russian agencies quoted a defence ministry official as saying on Tuesday.


Food and other cargo was parachuted to the besieged city of Deir ez-Zor and other localities blocked by Islamic State, Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov was quoted as saying.


Konashenkov added that a Russian bomber had destroyed strongholds in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, where Islamic State had executed Syrian civilians en masse recently.


He said the bomber’s strikes had killed more than 60 terrorists in comments carried by agencies.