UK conducts second round of air strikes on DAESH in Syria

British fighter jets bomb oilfield used by DAESH to fund its operations in eastern Syria

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet sits on the tarmac at the RAF Akrotiri Air Base, near Cyprus' second city of Limassol on December 5, 2015

Updated Dec 6, 2015

The British Ministry of Defence announced that British fighter jets conducted a second round of air strikes in the anti-DAESH campaign in Syria on Friday night, hitting oil fields.

British Tornado and Typhoon warplanes took off from Britain’s Sovereign Air Base in Akrotiri, Cyprus, and conducted eight air strikes on a DAESH-held oilfield in Omar, eastern Syria.

​"Last night we saw the Typhoons in action for the first time, successfully hitting an oilfield, oil well-heads in eastern Syria out in the Omar field," British Defence Minister Michael Fallon told Sky News.

The oilfields are believed to be used by DAESH to fund its operations through illegal oil smuggling.

"Air strikes can make a difference in starting to squeeze (DAESH) back into its heartland, reduce its ability to re-supply and reinforce over in Iraq...and to cut off its sources of revenue. They've been making a lot of money out of oil," said Fallon.

It was reported that there were no civilian casualties in the bombings.

The defence ministry also said that an unmanned Reaper drone destroyed a DAESH truck-bomb in south of Sinjar, Iraq.

British lawmakers approved the anti-DAESH air strikes in Syria on Wednesday.

TRTWorld and agencies