Monday, 24 September, 2018

Suspected Russian jets kill at least 30 near Syrian capital

Syria: 30 civilians killed in air strikes near Damascus 28 civilians killed in Syria, most in Russian air strikes
Kenny Thornton | 12 January, 2018, 22:50

Almost 30 civilians, including children, have been killed by airstrikes in the rebel stronghold of Eastern Ghouta, outside the capital, Damascus.

The ministry said two Russian service personnel were killed in a mortar attack on the base by rebels, according to TASS.

More than 600 people are in need of urgent medical care, according to SAMS.

Assad forces have been bombing Eastern Ghouta since November 14.

Eastern Ghouta is mostly under the control of Jaish al-Islam rebels.

"On December 31, 2017, at nightfall, the Hmeymim airfield came under a sudden mortar fire from a mobile militant subversive group".

Meanwhile, Russian daily Kommersant reported at least seven Russian planes were also destroyed by rebel shelling on December 31.

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STRATFOR published satellite imagery last May that revealed an ISIS attack at the T4 air base in central Syria had resulted in the destruction of four Russian Mi-24 attack helicopters and a supply depot.

Forces loyal to Assad and those opposed to his rule continue to battle each other, as well as fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

"There have been at least six major massacres perpetrated by Russian Federation in indiscriminate bombing of cities and towns with thousands fleeing their homes in the last two weeks", said Mustafa al Haj Yousef, the head of Idlib's Civil Defence, rescuers who work in opposition-held areas.

"Reports of Kommersant [newspaper] about alleged "total destruction" of seven Russian military aircraft at the Hmeymim air base are fake", the ministry's statement read.

With four fatalities this is one of the deadliest single days for the Russian army in Syria since it entered the conflict and brings the total number of officially reported losses to 44.

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently made a surprise visit to the Russian facilities in Syria to thank the servicemen at the air base for their work in keeping the Assad regime in power.

Three battalions of military police and officers of the Russian Center for Reconciliation would remain in Syria , as well as two Russian bases, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on a subsequent trip.

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