LATAKIA, November 11. The Syrian military, to break the siege Queyras military airfield in Aleppo province, received information about the location of militants from the opposition. This was reported to journalists by the official representative of the defense Ministry major General Igor Konashenkov.
“As a result of actions of the Russian aviation of the Syrian government forces was released Queyras military airport (Aleppo governorate). This airport more than two years was in a dense environment of the gangs of the terrorist ISIL (the former name “Islamic state” – approx.)”, – reminded the General.
“Information about the location of firing positions and strong points of terrorists surrounding the airfield Queyras, were received from the representatives of the Syrian opposition and confirmed in the information center in Baghdad,” said Konashenkov.
Residents in the Syrian province of Aleppo, government forces are actively supporting Syria, the militant group “Ahrar al-sham” recently suffered heavy losses after clashes with the local population, said the official representative of the military Department. “In the area of the settlement tel-Mamo occurred fierce clash between local residents and the militant group “Ahrar al-sham”, in which the terrorists have suffered significant losses,” he said.
Earlier it became known that on Tuesday, the Syrian army supported people’s militia broke through the blockade around the airfield Queyras, located 30 km East of Aleppo. Strategic object was defended by over a thousand soldiers and cadets. Experts believe that the breakthrough of the siege is of great moral importance for the Syrian soldiers. Over the past year and a half of conflict in the hands of armed groups was 5 of 15 military airfields. Intense fights do not stop now and around the air base at Deir ezzor in the East.
For two days, Russian aircraft had completed 85 sorties on 277 targets in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Damascus, Latakia, Hama, HOMS and Idlib, reported Igor Konashenkov.
“In the vicinity of the settlement Main province of HOMS the su-34 destroyed a large underground ammunition warehouse of the group “dzhebhat EN-Nusra”. Information about the coordinates of the object were received from the Syrian opposition,” the General said. “After verifying this information through other channels on an object was hit by the bomb…. BETAB-500, which led to strong detonation of ammunition and its complete destruction,” he added.
In the Syrian province of Hama bomber VKS the Russian su-24M destroyed the mortar battery of the militants of this group. “In the vicinity of the settlement Cafer-Site province of Hama the bomber su-24M with a direct hit of an aerial bomb destroyed a mortar battery armed gangs “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” – Konashenkov has informed.
In the province of Damascus aircraft of the Russian air group destroyed an ammunition depot of militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG). As explained Konashenkov, “in the area of bir Kasab the Damascus province hit by the congestion of cars gangs IG and the ammunition with mines and artillery shells.” “The warehouse and all its contents and four sport utility vehicle belonging to the terrorists were destroyed,” informed the official representative of military Department.
“45 kilometres South of the town of Tadmor in the province of HOMS bomber Sum was hit by a drone uncovered by means of the accumulation of armored vehicles of the ISIS gangs. In the air strike destroyed three tanks and two BMP of terrorists”, – said Konashenkov.
“The plans of terrorists foiled”
The strikes of Russian aviation in the last two days of the foiled plans to attack the fighters that emphasize defense.
“According to the Syrian opposition, confirmed in command of Syrian government troops, thanks to the precision strikes of Russian aviation in the last two days disrupted the plans of terrorists to attack the city of Hama from several directions. This information is confirmed by our unmanned means,” the General said. “Groups of terrorists operating in the suburbs of Morek the onset instead of trying to build fortifications and create minefields to stop the Syrian government forces,” – said Konashenkov.
About the operation in Syria
The Russian military launched operation against the militants “Islamic state” and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” (organization banned in Russia) in Syria on 30 September, at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In the air group included more than 50 aircraft, including the su-34 and su-24M, su-25, su-30CM, Mi-8 and Mi-24. Also in operation in early October, were engaged by ships of the Navy of the Russian Federation, which struck at targets of terrorists cruise missiles of sea basing “the Caliber of NC” from the Caspian sea. Since the beginning of military actions of the Russian pilots destroyed more than 2 thousand objects of the militants. To participate in a ground operation, Russia does not intend.
“The remains of bands lost their fighting efficiency”
Syrian government forces had destroyed seven groups of fighters numbering up to 900 people in the area of human settlements Azizia, Cafer-Haddad and tel-Mamo due to the actions of the Russian aviation and information from the Syrian opposition, said Konashenkov. He said that in the past few days the Russian side has conducted an active exploration and testing across multiple channels targeting information that was provided to the Syrian opposition. “As a result of these activities we were able to prevent the transfer of arms and munitions to terrorists in the area of human settlements Aleppo and Idlib. This allowed the Syrian government forces in the area of human settlements Azizia, Cafer-Haddad and tel-Mamo to defeat seven teams of terrorists numbering up to 900 people,” he said. According to him, the remains of bands lost their fighting capacity and have left these areas of operations.