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Russian aircraft make more flights in Syria - defence ministry

October 10, 2015, 13:56 UTC+3
The flights are made by Sukhoi Su-34, Su-24M and Su-25SM planes
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MOSCOW, October 10. /TASS/. Aircraft of the Russian grouping in Syria over the past 24 hours made 64 flights from the Hmeimim air base targeting 55 facilities of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, speaker of the Russian Defence Ministry Maj Gen Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday.

"The growth of flights follows information from the air and space reconnaissance about additional targets across the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic," he said adding the flights are made by Sukhoi Su-34, Su-24M and Su-25SM planes.

Russian aircraft of the aviation grouping in Syria over the past 24 hours destroyed 29 field camps of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Igor Konashenkov said.

"The aviation grouping over the past 24 hours destroyed two command centres of the militants, an ammunition depot in the Hama Province, 29 field camps, 23 fortified stations and positions with ammunition and equipment," he said.

Russian defence ministry offers measures to prevent incidents in air above Syria

The Russian military authority has prepared a draft of document on actions in the air above Syria and has sent it to the U.S., the ministry's representative Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday.

"The Russian Defence Ministry has prepared a draft document on measures to prevent possible incidents in the air above Syria, involving aircraft of Russia and the coalition led by the U.S.," he said.

"Our experts are ready to discuss the draft document with representatives of Pentagon," the general said. "Today, we expect from the U.S. side an official notification about the time of another consultation by means of a videoconference.".

Communication, command centres - key targets of Russian aircraft in Syria

Fortified communication and command centres of the IS militants were key targets for the Russian aircraft in Syria, Igor Konashenkov said.

"The key targets over the past 24 hours were command and communication centres, ammunition depots and training camps of the Islamic State militants in provinces Raqqa, Hama, Damascus and Aleppo.".

Command centre of IS militants in Syria damaged due to pictures from space

The masked command centre of IS militants in Syria was destroyed by a point strike of Russian bombers.

Igor Konashenkov said the military managed to locate it due to pictures from the space.

"Our reconnaissance found in the mountainous-forest area in the Idlib Province a command centre," he said. "After analysis of the pictures from the space and after an air reconnaissance by drones, the forces delivered an air strike.".

IS militants in Syria demoralised, lack arms, equipment

Militants of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist groups in Syria are demoralised and are trying to restore combat efficiency of their units, official representative of the Russian Defence Ministry told reporters.

"As we hear from the radio intercepts, the militants experience an acute shortage of weapons, ammunition and fuel," he said. "Some of them are demoralised and flee the combat areas moving towards the east and north-east.".

 

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