Russian air strikes kill 21 civilians in east Syria

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

Putin said some isolated pockets of resistance could remain in the area.

Syria is fully liberated from terrorists, all units of the Islamic State (IS) terror group (outlawed in Russia) have been destroyed, Chief of Russia's General Staff, General of the Army Valery Gerasimov, said at an annual briefing for foreign defense attaches on Wednesday.

He said "there is no area under IS control in Syria", but the group is believed to still maintain a presence in some scattered areas. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces on Sunday thanked both the USA and Russian Federation for their military support, days after the US announced it would stop arming the group.

Russia's Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that the coalition's aircraft had delivered strikes over the past month less than the Russian air task force used to deliver over a day.


Deir Ezzor 24 said the attack targeted the village of al-Jarthi.

Earlier on December 6, a monitoring group said that Russian warplanes overnight hit a village controlled by IS extremists in Deir al-Zor Province, killing at least 21 civilians, including children.

Russian Federation has been carrying out air strikes in the province mainly in support of the Syrian Army, which, alongside allied Shi'ite militias, has been waging its own assault against the IS group.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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