Russian warplanes carried out 41 sorties and destroyed 146 terrorist targets in the area of the historical Syrian city of Palmyra from Tuesday to Thursday, Russia’s Defense Ministry has reported.


Syrian soldier in Palmyra


“From Tuesday to Thursday (March 22-24) the planes of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out 41 sorties to support the advancing Syrian army and strike Islamic State (IS, Daesh, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants in the area of Palmyra (Homs province),” Lieutenant General Sergey Kuralenko, head of the Russian ceasefire monitoring center, said on Friday.

“As a result of the actions of the Russian aviation, 146 terrorist facilities, including command centers, ammunition depots, artillery units, tanks and other vehicles, were destroyed,” he added.


Kuralenko stressed that Russian aviation wasn’t targeting opposition groups which have joined the Syrian truce, and that have informed Russian or US ceasefire centers of their decision.


The Syrian Air Force wasn’t striking opposition targets as well, he added.


The Russian ceasefire center is monitoring the situation in Syria 24/7, he stressed, adding that “the truce in the country is generally respected.”




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