Russia launches record 24-hour bombing blitz in Syria

Russian warplanes have struck 118 "terrorist" targets in Syria over the past 24 hours in a new record, the defense ministry said on Wednesday, attributing the rise to new intelligence.

Russian jets hit 118 targets during 71 sorties over the provinces of Idlib, Homs, Hama, Aleppo, Damascus and Latakia, said the defense ministry.

It was the highest one-day tally since the Kremlin began its bombing campaign on September 30. The previous record was set on Monday when Moscow said it had struck 94 "terrorist" targets in Syria. The defense ministry released no information on Tuesday.

"The number of sorties has gone up," the ministry said in a statement. "This is due to an increase in intelligence data," it said, adding that targets had been "confirmed via various channels."

The strikes destroyed a command post near the town of Talbisseh in Homs province which belonged to Al-Qaeda affiliate Nusra Front, said the ministry.

Among the other targets was a base in Aleppo province used to control a "terrorist" weapon supply route which was "destroyed" along with car-mounted anti-aircraft systems that were protecting it, it said.

In Idlib province, the warplanes hit a "camouflaged supply base" with munitions and materiel, which caused an explosion that also destroyed trucks parked some 500 meters away.

Despite Moscow's claims that its campaign targets Islamic State (ISIS), reports have revealed that no less than a third of the dead are civilians, and the vast majority are Western backed rebel forces instead of ISIS.

The Syrian-American Medical Society last Thursday revealed that the Russians have already bombed nine hospitals or field clinics.

Russia on Tuesday angrily condemned the reports as being part of an "information war."

AFP contributed to this report.


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