Russian aircraft target a terrorist stronghold near the western Syrian city of Palmyra, killing up to 200 terrorists and afflicting considerable material damages on them.
Alexander Karpov, the deputy head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria — a subdivision of the Russian Armed Forces, announced the news on Monday.
“After confirming data through multiple channels on the location of terrorist facilities, Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft carried out airstrikes,” he said in a statement.
During the operation, “two hideouts were destroyed…24 pickup trucks with large-caliber machineguns, as well as about 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of ammunition and components for creating improvised explosive devices,” the official added.
The militants operating in the camouflaged holdout were planning attacks on government agencies in major cities to destabilize the situation in Syria ahead of presidential elections, Karpov said.