Russia’s General Staff reveals details of Palmyra operation

No airstrikes were delivered in the area of historical monuments in ancient Palmyra to preserve the historical heritage

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MOSCOW, March 3. /TASS/. Russia’s Aerospace Force has destroyed almost 300 facilities of the Islamic State terror group near the city of al-Bab, Head of the Main Operations Department at Russia’s General Staff, Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi said on Friday.

“The offensive launched by the Syrian government troops east of al-Bab has been advancing,” he added. “In the past ten days, a total of 36 settlements, located in an area of 400 square kilometers, have been liberated. The Russian Aerospace Force has destroyed 278 facilities of the Islamic State, including warehouses and strongholds, as well as military hardware convoys and militant groups.”

“Over the past month, the Syrian troops liberated 52 settlements and drove militants out of an area totaling 1,702 square kilometers. This was made possible thanks to the activities of the Russian Aerospace Force. In the past month, our war planes conducted 991 combat flights destroying 2,300 terrorist facilities,” the general added.

Russian military success

Special Operations forces and Russian Aerospace Force have turn the tide leading to the defeat of Islamic State militants in Palmyra, Rudskoi has noted.

“Russian aviation and Special Operations forces have made a considerable contribution to the defeat of ISIS [former name of Islamic State, the terrorist group banned in Russia – TASS) near Palmyra,” Rudskoi said.

At least 1,000 Islamic State militants were either killed or wounded in the operation, he added.

“As many as 19 tanks were destroyed along with 37 infantry fighting vehicles, 98 pick-up trucks with installed heavy weaponry and over 100 other vehicles,” he added.

Palmyra has been fully liberated from the militants and the Syrian government troops are continuing their advance in the eastern direction.

The Russian air task force delivered no airstrikes in the area of historical monuments in the Syrian ancient city of Palmyra, Rudskoi emphasized:

“Let me stress that no airstrikes were delivered in the area of historical monuments in ancient Palmyra to preserve the historical heritage, which terrorists of the ISIL [the former name of the Islamic State terrorist organization outlawed in Russia] had no time to destroy.”

 

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