18:37 GMT15 July 2020
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    Footage from the Abkhazian news agency Anna-News has emerged on the Internet revealing Islamist militants being pounded by Russian and Syrian airstrikes.

    In the footage, Russian and Syrian warplanes launched air raids on militants based in the western Syrian province of Latakia.

    In particular, the video shows the airstrikes being conducted in the mountainous region of Nabiyonis, located about 15 kilometers from Syria's border with Turkey.

    In this area, the mountains rise about 1,400 meters above sea level.

    In the video, the Russian jets reportedly used high-explosive FAB-250 and FAB-500 bombs, weighing 250 kilograms and 500 kilograms, respectively.

    ​The video came a day after Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that in the past 24 hours, Russian aircraft have carried out a total of 82 sorties, destroying 204 terrorist targets.

    ​On September 30, more than fifty Russian aircraft, including Su-24M, the Su-25 and the Su-34 warplanes, commenced precision airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria at the behest of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    Earlier that day, the Russian upper house of parliament unanimously supported the request of President Vladimir Putin to deploy units of the Russian Aerospace Forces abroad.

    Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riad Haddad, for his part, confirmed that Syrian Army strikes, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, were being carried out against armed terrorist organizations, not political opposition factions or civilians.


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