French warplanes strike DAESH stronghold in Syria

French warplanes strike DAESH in Raqqa in response to Paris attacks

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

French fighter plane prepares to take off from an unidentified location in this still image taken from handout video released on November 16, 2015

French warplanes struck DAESH's main stronghold in Syria, the city of Raqqa, on Sunday evening, French Defence Ministry has said. 

The air strikes were undertaken in response to the deadly Paris attacks claimed by the terrorist group.

The attacks hit six different sites in Paris on Friday evening, killing 129 people and injuring more than 300 others.

"The raid ... including 10 fighter jets, was launched simultaneously from the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Twenty bombs were dropped," the Defence Ministry said.

A DAESH command post, a recruitment centre and arms and munitions depot and a training camp was among the targets hit during the operation, the statement of the ministry said.

France have been hitting DAESH targets in Iraq since last year and conducted its first air strikes against DAESH in Syria in late September as part of an ongoing US-led operation against the terrorist organisation that currently controls large swathes of Iraq and Syria.

French President Francois Hollande described the Paris attacks - deadliest inflicted on France since World War II - as "an act of war" and vowed to attack DAESH without mercy.

TRTWorld and agencies