Scores of terrorists were killed and many more wounded when Syrian troops captured Abu Zain Hill No.1, located in the eastern part of the town of Ithriyah, according to the Iranian news agency FARS.
In another development, the Syrian Army and the NDF attacked militants' defenses near the town of Hirbnafsa and village of Um Towaini in southwestern Hama Province, in fighting that left many of the fighters dead or wounded.
#SYRIA Russian airstrikes are made only after additional check of the received data and elimination of risks for the civilians’ lives— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) 11 февраля 2016
Meanwhile, a military source said that in the past 24 hours the Syrian forces have killed at least 23 militants during an offensive on terrorist strongholds in three villages on the border between Idlib and Hama provinces.
Since Feb.4 Rus aircraft in #SYRIA performed 510 sorties engaging 1,888 terrorists’ objects https://t.co/LmliBiL0sm pic.twitter.com/H6QHvjCeFP— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) 11 февраля 2016
According to the source, the government troops destroyed several enemy fortifications, while the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Air Force pounded terrorist targets in the area.
#SYRIA #FOOTAGE Aviation strike eliminated militants' strong point in the #Latakia province https://t.co/tCV6GVFTXGhttps://t.co/Kl6qMxnFm0— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) 11 февраля 2016
Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting opposition factions and extremist groups, such as Daesh (ISIL/ISIS), which is banned in a range of countries, including Russia.
In addition, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed earlier this month that advanced, super-maneuverable Su-35S multi-role fighters had begun their combat mission in Syria.