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Russian Long-Range Bombers Strike Terrorist Targets in Syria's Deir ez-Zor

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TU-22M3 airplane - Sputnik International
Russian long-range Tu-22M3 bombers have continued striking terrorist targets in Syria's province of Deir ez-Zor.

Russian strategic bombers launched airstrikes on large Daesh arms and ammunition depots in the Deir ez-Zor province, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"On February 3, Tu-22M3 long-range bombers that took off from a Russian airfield and flew over Iraq and Iran carried out group airstrikes on terrorist targets in the province of Deir ez-Zor."

"Large Daesh arms and ammunition depots have been the targets of the strikes. Reconnaissance means have confirmed the destruction of all designated targets."

"Su-30SM and Su-35S provided air cover to the Russian bombers from the Hmeymim airbase."

After successfully completing their combat mission in Syria, the Russian jets returned to Russia.

Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombers hit terrorists in Syria - Sputnik International
Why Russia Conducts Anti-Daesh Airstrikes in Deir ez-Zor
This has been the sixth time Russian long-range struck Daesh targets near Deir ez-Zor. Russian strategic bombers started strikes on January 21.

Daesh terrorists surrounded the Deir ez-Zor military airfield in Syria's northeast. 

Commenting on the development of the situation in the area, the Russian General Staff said that if terrorists capture Deir ez-Zor, civilians will be subjected to genocide and the population may be completely exterminated.

The city of Deir ez-Zor, which is still held by Syrian government forces, has been under Daesh's siege since July 2014. The residents of Deir ez-Zor and the servicemen receive food only via planes delivering humanitarian aid.

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