Russian warplanes believed to have hit Deraa in Syria

For first time, Russian warplanes hit Deraa in southern Syria, targeting rebel points not hit before since start of Russian military intervention

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

People inspect a site hit by what activists said was an airstrike carried out by the Russian air force in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town in Idlib province, Syria October 29, 2015.

Syrian rebel groups operating in the southern province of Deraa told the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) that warplanes believed to be Russian bombed targets in Deraa for the first time on Wednesday night.

The strikes hit the village of Tel al Harah in Deraa, SOHR reported on Thursday.

Head of the political office of the Yarmouk Army which operates in the Deraa area, Bashar al Zoubi, told Reuters "They are most probably Russian." Because the Syrian Air Force did not mount nighttime raids.

If such incident is confirmed, the air strikes on the Tel al Harah area would be the furthest south Russian jets have ever reached. Deraa’s Tel al Harah is less than 20 km (12 miles) from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The Russian air strikes in Syria started in September 30, signing a new momentous chapter in the Syrian conflict, with initial claim of battling DAESH terrorist group, however, in time the Russian intentions in Syria appeared to be to only protect the Bahsar al Assad regime and withering authorities.

Anticipated peace talks concerning Syrian conflict are underway in Vienna, on Thursday and Friday. And for the first time, Assad’s closest ally Iran has been invited to take part, and accepted the invitation.

Vienna talks will gather the US, Turkey, the Gulf states including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, EU’s Federica Mogherini and a delegation representing the opposition group.

Since the beginning of the four-year war in Syria, more than 250,000 Syrians were killed, mainly by Assad regime, whilst, half of the country’s population are displaced internally or in the neighbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq. More than 350,000 Syrians have also claimed asylum in Europe.

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