At least 21 jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group were killed in several bombings carried out by Russian aviation in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) said on Saturday.
“At least 130 airstrikes by Russian aviation have been recorded in the last 24 hours against Islamic State targets in an area between Aleppo, Hama and Raqa provinces,” in northern Syria, the OSDH said, noting that at least 21 militiamen had died.
There were also Russian bombings in the Homs desert (center) and Deir Ezzor (east). “
The bombings continued on Saturday morning and are undoubtedly a response to attacks by ISIS on Friday against regime forces and their allies, in which eight members of a pro-Damascus militia were killed, according to the OSDH.
Despite the defeat of the so-called IS caliphate in March 2019, the jihadist group often carries out attacks in Syria, mainly in the Homs area to the Deir Ezzor region, on the border with Iraq.
In recent months, there have been frequent fighting between jihadists and forces related to the Damascus authorities in that area of the country.
Since March 2019, more than 1,300 regime fighters have died in these clashes, in addition to 145 members of pro-Iranian militias, according to the OSDH, which also points out that 750 jihadists lost their lives.
Since 2011, the war in Syria has killed more than 387,000 people and caused the forced displacement of several million.
Since 2015, Russia has supported Syrian government forces and thanks to this crucial support, Bashar al Assad was able to regain control of part of the territory that he had lost at the beginning of the conflict.
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