Russian planes destroyed in Syria by rebel shelling

Cheryl Sanders
January 12, 2018

Citing residents, Reuters said that at least 30 airstrikes hit different parts of Eastern Ghouta on Tuesday.

Some 400,000 people in the area have been under siege by Russian-backed Syrian government forces since 2013.

AFP said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 11 women and three children killed.

Russian Federation has rejected claims their jets are responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians since the country began its intervention in the Syria civil war, saying that they are are only targeting hardline Islamists.

Eastern Ghouta is the last rebel enclave around the Syrian capital.


The Russian air force bombarded the civilian settlements in the region to give air support to the regime forces that sieged the Eastern Ghouta and intensified its attack on civilians, according to White Helmet sources.

The United Nations has made repeated calls for warring parties to abide by their responsibility to protect children in line with global humanitarian and human rights law.

STRATFOR published satellite imagery last May that revealed an ISIS attack at the T4 air base in central Syria had resulted in the destruction of four Russian Mi-24 attack helicopters and a supply depot.

Assad forces have been bombing Eastern Ghouta since November 14.

Suspected Russian jets killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens early on Thursday when they dropped bombs on two residential buildings in a besieged rebel enclave east of the Syrian capital, residents and a war monitor said.


At least seven Russian planes were destroyed by rebel shelling at the Hmeimim air base in Syria on 31 December, Russian daily Kommersant reported late on Wednesday, citing two sources.

"On December 31, 2017, after dark, the Hmeymim airfield suddenly came under mortar shelling from a mobile subversive group of militants".

Forces loyal to Assad and those opposed to his rule continue to battle each other, as well as fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

"Kommersant's report on the alleged "destruction" of seven Russian military aircraft at Khmeimim Airbase is fake", the ministry said in a statement according to Russia Today website.


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