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MOSCOW, July 14. /TASS/. The long-range Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombers of the Russian Aerospace Force have delivered new airstrikes on the facilities of the Islamic State terrorist organization (IS, outlawed in Russia) in Syria’s districts east of Palmyra, as well as in the Homs province, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Thursday.
"This morning, six Tu-22M3 long-range bombers that took off from their base airfields in the Russian Federation, delivered a second massive strike on the newly detected IS facilities in the areas east of Palmyra, as well as in Es Sukhne, Arak and the T-3 oil pumping station in the province of Homs," the ministry said in report received by TASS.
The ministry added that the airstrikes have destroyed "a command post, a field camp of IS militants, two petroleum processing plants, many fighters and military equipment of the enemy."
"Since July 12, the aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Force have delivered more than 50 airstrikes on the IS manpower and equipment," the ministry added.
Having completed the mission, all the planes safely returned to their airfields. The Defense Ministry said that the international coalition representatives had been notified in advance of the time of the airstrikes and the aviation passage corridors.
The previous strike was delivered by Russia’s Tu-22M3 bombers on militant facilities in Syria on July 12. The planes, which took off from the home airfield on the territory of the Russian Federation, delivered a combined strike with high-explosive ammunition at IS facilities, destroying a large field camp of militants, three ammunition and armaments depots, three tanks, four infantry combat vehicles, eight vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns, as well as "a great amount of enemy manpower". "All aircraft safely returned and landed at their airfields," the ministry said in a statement then.