Russian war planes hit Syria’s Hama province

Moscow vows to continue its bombing campaign against ISIS amid several reports of civilian casualties

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Russian defence ministry said its jets "hit a terrorist training camp," without specifying the location of the strikes

Russian war planes hit a target near the town of Talbiseh in western Syria on Sunday, local residents and human right groups monitoring the Syrian war said, a day after Russia vowed to carry on with its air strike campaign.

Several rebel groups in Talbiseh are fighting under an umbrella organisation of the Free Syrian Army, and some have received support from Western countries and Gulf Arab states that oppose Assad’s regime.

Local residents have witnessed ambulances rushing injured civilians to the hospital in Talbiseh, north of Homs in Syria's Hama province.

A resident said at least five bodies have been collected from the western part of the area.

"So far there are seven or six raids in the town," said Abdul Ghafar al Dweik, a volunteer rescuer.

He assured that the strikes were carried out by Russian war planes.  "They come suddenly... With the Syrian planes, we would get a warning, but now all of a sudden we see it over our heads," he said.

The human rights watch monitoring Syria’s four-year-old civil war reported Russian air strikes on Sunday in Homs province and neighbouring Hama province.

Russia said that they targeted the hard line of ISIS militants who control large area of eastern Syria and western Iraq. However, some of these locations are not strong hold of ISIS.

Russia bombing Syria

Russian military announced it has targeted 10 ISIS camps in Syria over the past 24 hours as it aims to expand its bombing campaign.

The Russian defence ministry reported on Sunday said that its war planes "hit a terrorist training camp, including a suicide belt factory," without identifying the specific location of the strikes.

"Over the past 24 hours SU-34, SU-24M and SU-25 jets made 20 sorties," it said on its website.

"Ten infrastructure targets of ISIL [ISIS] bandit groups have been struck," it said, adding that Russia would expand their bombing campaign.

"As a result of our air strikes on ISIL [ISIS] targets, we have managed to disrupt their control system, the terrorist organisation's supply lines, and also caused significant damage to the infrastructure used to prepare acts of terror," the ministry said.    

TRTWorld and agencies