Russia says flew 71 sorties, carries out 118 strikes in Syria

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Russian warplanes have struck 118 "terrorist" targets in Syria over the past 24 hours, its highest daily total yet, the defense ministry said Wednesday, attributing the rise to fresh intelligence.

Russian jets hit 118 targets during 71 sorties over the provinces of Idlib, Homs, Hama, Aleppo, Damascus and Latakia, said the defense ministry.

It was the highest one-day tally since the Kremlin began its bombing campaign on September 30.

The previous record was set on Monday when Moscow said it had struck 94 "terrorist" targets in Syria.

The defense ministry released no information on Tuesday.
"The number of sorties has gone up," the ministry said in a statement.

"This is due to an increase in intelligence data," he said, adding that targets had been "confirmed via various channels."

The strikes destroyed a command post near the town of Talbisseh in Homs province that belonged to Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, said the ministry.

Among the other targets was a base in Aleppo province used to control a "terrorist" weapon supply route which was "destroyed", along with the vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft systems that were protecting it, it said.

In Sahl al-Ghab valley, which lies between the provinces of Hama and Idlib, the warplanes hit a "camouflaged supply base", causing an explosion that also destroyed trucks parked some 500 meters away.

Russian forces also hit a command and communications post of Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) group near Mesraba, a town north-east of Damascus, and "completely destroyed" a command post in Salma, Latakia, after discovering it with unmanned aerial vehicles.

Moscow says its bombing campaign targets Islamic State jihadists and other "terrorists" but the United States and its allies accuse Russia of targeting Western-backed moderate rebels fighting Kremlin-backed President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

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