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A mortar attack might have destroyed 7 Russian fighters in Syria

12 January 2018, 10:48 | Devin Moran

A Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jet takes off from the Hmeymim air base near Latakia Syria

A Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jet takes off from the Hmeymim air base near Latakia Syria

Attacks on Eastern Ghouta, which lies on the outskirts of Damascus, the capital, have been frequent in recent days and are believed to be part of the Syrian government's assault on rebel-held positions in the area.

Some 400,000 people in the area have been under siege by Russian-backed Syrian government forces since 2013.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, according to United Nations officials.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

Assad forces have been bombing Eastern Ghouta since November 14.

Russian Mi-24 helicopter crashed in Syria due to a technical malfunction, according to the defense Ministry.

Eastern Ghouta, one of the last remaining opposition strongholds in Syria , is controlled mostly by rebels from the Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) group.




Two Russian soldiers were killed by shelling at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria on December 31, the Russian defense ministry said Thursday.

"The Kommersant report on alleged "actual destruction" of seven Russian war planes at Hmeymim air base is fake", TASS said, citing the ministry.

"On December 31, 2017, after dark, the Hmeymim airfield suddenly came under mortar shelling from a mobile subversive group of militants".

The ministry had denied the helicopter crashed following an attack.

The Observatory, a war monitor based in Britain, said 11 women and a child were among the dead in the strikes in Misraba, which it said were carried out by Russian planes.

"Last month, Russian Federation began establishing a permanent presence at Hmeymim and a naval base at Tartous although President Vladimir Putin has ordered a "significant" withdrawal of his military from Syria, declaring their work largely done", Reuters reported.

Russian Federation first launched bombing raids in 2015 in support of Syrian President Assad's beleaguered forces.



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