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MOSCOW, November 2. /TASS/. Russia’s air group in Syria over the past two days attacked 237 terrorist targets in Syria. Russian warplanes flew 131 sorties, the Defense Ministry’s spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, told the media.
"Over the past two days a total of 131 sorties have been carried out from the Hmeimim airbase and 237 terrorist targets were hit in Hama, Latakia, Homs, Damascus, Aleppo and Raqqah provinces," Konashenkov said.
Konashenkov said Russian aircraft hit underground shelters and air defense artillery positions of the Islamic State militants in Syria’s Homs province.
"In the Tadmor district, Homs province a Sukhoi-fighter-bomber hit an Islamic State stronghold. Direct hits destroyed fortified facilities, underground shelters and air defence artillery positions armed with two ZSU-23 systems," Konashenkov said.
"Their full elimination has been confirmed by objective data," Konashenkov said.
Accorsing to the defense ministry a group of Russian military aircraft destroyed an underground arms depot belonging to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization near the Syrian capital of Damascus.
"Storage of IS terrorists’ arms was destroyed near the residential settlement of Harasta-al-Katara, in the Damascus province," Gen. Maj. Konashenkov told journalists. "The underground facility contining artillery shells was completely destroyed after it was hit by a guided missile."
Russian aircraft destroyed a control center and a communications hub of the Jabhat al-Nursra terrorist group capable of suppressing Syrian army’s radio communication, the spokesman also noted.
"In the area of Salma settlement, Latakia province, a command center with a communication hub of the Jabhat al-Nusra group located on top of a tactically important height has been destroyed ," Konashenkov said.
According to him, militants’ actions were controlled from this center. "The power of the transmitters at the communication hub located on this tactical height made it possible to suppress radio communication of the Syrian army units," he added.
A Sukhoi Su-34 bomber of Russia’s Aerospace Force grouping has destroyed training camp of militants in the suburbs of the Syrian city of Aleppo.
"A Su-34 bomber delivered a strike in the suburbs of Aleppo hitting a camp intended for training of militants coming from other countries," Konashenkov said. "Delivered bombs destroyed completely an arms depot and all training infrastructure for preparations of terrorists."
A Russian Sukhoi Su-25 attack aircraft has destroyed a fortified militant post in Syria’s Hama.
"Su-25 attack aircraft delivered an air strike near Kafer Naboodah settlement, Hama province, at a militants’ fortified post, which had two armored vehicles and two off-roaders with ZU-23 anti-aircraft systems mounted on them," Konashenkov said.
He said that the delivered bomb hit an arms depot, which exploded and the armored vehicles and the off-roaders burnt down after the explosion.
On September 30, Russia’s Aerospace Force started delivering the first pinpointed air strikes against the militants’ positions at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Russian aviation grouping comprises more than 50 aircraft and helicopters, including the Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-24M bombers, Su-25 attack aircraft, Su-30SM fighters and Mil Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters.
Also, overnight to October 7, the Caspian Flotilla ships delivered a massive strike on the IS objectives in Syria, using Kalibr NK shipborne cruise missiles.
The Russian authorities have said on many occasions that Russia’s military forces would not take part in any ground operation in Syria.