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MOSCOW, February 4. /TASS/. Russian aviation made 237 sorties and attacked almost 900 targets in five Syrian provinces, Russian Defense Ministry’s official spokesman Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Thursday.
"On February 1-4 Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces made 237 sorties and attacked 875 targets of terrorist organizations in provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Homs, Hama and Deir ez-Zor," Konashenkov said. Terrorists sustain considerable losses in combat areas under Russian airstrikes, he added.
On Monday Konashenkov said that Russian aviation attacked more than 1,350 targets and made almost 470 sorties last week.
On 30 September 2015 Russia’s Federation Council unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s request to launch a military operation in Syria against Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups. Russian Aerospace Defense Forces delivered first targeted airstrikes at militants’ positions on the same day. Since the start of the operation, Russian aviation made hundreds of sorties, destroyed dozens of ammunition depots, explosives production plants and command posts.
As for the international coalition, its aircraft have carried out 12 powerful strikes against targets in five Syria’s provinces between February 1 and 3, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman went on to say.
According to him, the coalition’s aircraft carried out 12 missile and bombing raids against various targets in Aleppo, Homs, Raqqa, al-Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor provinces.
"In the past few days, the Russian Defense Ministry has again been hearing absurd accusations that Russian aircraft are allegedly striking the areas where there are no terrorist groups. This especially concerns hitting the targets outside Raqqa where there are assertedly no sorties and bombing raids of the so-called anti-ISIS coalition," Konashenkov added.