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Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:33

Russian Warplanes Destroy ISIL’s Tanker Column, 100 Fuel-Transfer Stations in Syria

Russian Warplanes Destroy ISIL's Tanker Column, 100 Fuel-Transfer Stations in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Air Force has conducted 59 combat missions hitting 200 ISIL targets in 7 Syrian provinces over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense ministry said.

“Over the past 24 hours Russian warplanes have conducted 59 sorties, hitting 212 ISIL targets in the Syrian province of Aleppo, Idlib, Lattakia, Hama, Homs, al-Hasakah an Raqqa,” the Defense Ministry spokesman told journalists.

Aircraft from Russia’s Aerospace Forces in Syria have also destroyed more than 300 militants and scores of armored vehicles over the last 24 hours, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Wednesday, Sputnik reported.

“More than 320 militants and 34 armored vehicles of terrorists, including two tanks, one infantry fighting vehicle, 15 jeeps equipped with large-caliber guns were destroyed,” Konashenkov told journalists in Syria’s Lattakia.

In the past 24 hours, Russian jets have also destroyed a column of tanker trucks and more than 100 fuel-transfer stations used by terrorists, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov added.

“In order to disrupt terrorists’ sources of income, Russian Su-34 bomber jets destroyed 94 fuel-transfer stations near Deir Ezzur,” he said.

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By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff Created: January 23, 2013


Syrian rebels inspect a vehicle at a security checkpoint in Jabal al-Akrad region, northeast of Latakia province, on January 22, 2013. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian rebels inspect a vehicle at a security checkpoint in Jabal al-Akrad region, northeast of Latakia province, on January 22, 2013. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images)

Armed rebels in Syria destroyed religious sites in Latakia and Idlib provinces in recent months, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

According to the New York based rights group the rebels destroyed a Shia mosque and looted two Christian churches in November and December last year.

“The destruction of religious sites is furthering sectarian fears and compounding the tragedies of the country, with tens of thousands killed,” stated Sarah Leah Whitson, the Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. It is estimated that 60,000 people have been killed in the 22-month-long conflict.

She added, “Syria will lose its rich cultural and religious diversity if armed groups do not respect places of worship. Leaders on both sides should send a message that those who attack these sites will be held accountable.”

In Syria, around three-fourths of the population are Sunni Muslims, while there are notable pockets of Christians, Alawites, and Shia Muslims around the country. Assad’s family, members of his government, and many of the pro-regime militia forces are Alawites, which is an offshoot of Shia Islam.

However, most of the rebel fighters—some of whom came from other countries to fight Assad’s forces—are believed to be Sunni.

In a video that was viewed by Human Rights Watch, an opposition fighter in front of a burning Shia mosque in Zarzour claimed it was part of the “destruction of the dens of the Shias and the Rafida,” a derogatory term used to call Shia adherents.


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Syrian army advances into another insurgent-held district in Aleppo

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Syrian troops in the restive city of Aleppo (File Photo)

Syrian troops in the restive city of Aleppo (File Photo)
Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:16PM GMT
The Syrian army has advanced into another insurgent-held district in the flashpoint city of Aleppo as the military operation to clear the northern city of armed groups enters its sixth day.

Syrian troops entered the western district of Saif al-Dawla on Monday and heavy clashes are still taking place in the area.

There are also reports of fighting in several other Aleppo districts including Sukari.

The army has launched a mop-up operation against insurgents in the northern city of Aleppo since Wednesday and so far, several districts, including insurgents’ stronghold of Salahuddin, have been cleared of terrorist groups.

A large number of insurgents have also been killed, injured and arrested in Aleppo since the beginning of the operation.

Meanwhile, Syrian troops have attacked an insurgent hideout in the city of Talbisah in Homs Province, killing a large number of them.

The army has also clashed with armed anti-government groups in Ariha, Idlib and Homs countryside of al-Ghanto.

Syria has been the scene of deadly unrest since mid-March, 2011 and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on August 1 that the country is engaged in a ”crucial and heroic” battle that will determine the destiny of the nation.