Russia’s Aerospace Force has destroyed three convoys of ISIS, killing 80 militants, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry told on Thursday.
“During the night of May 31 to June 1, members of the Islamic State terror group made another attempt to move to the Palmyra area. Three militant convoys left Raqqa under the cover of the night and headed south using various routes, their movement was detected by Russian intelligence. Russia’s Aerospace Force delivered airstrikes on several targets, killing more than 80 IS terrorists and destroying 36 cars, eight fuel tanker trucks and 17 jeeps mounted with mortars and large-caliber weapons,” the source said.
The first terrorist convoy heading to Palmyra from Raqqa was destroyed by the Russian Aerospace Force on May 25.
The Russian Defense Ministry added that now armed units of the Syrian Democratic Forces, supported by the US, British and French special operations units, had come very close to Raqqa.
“The city is almost blocked from the north. At the same time, the Syrian Democratic Forces have stopped their offensive so the city still has not been fully encircled. Terrorists have been taking advantage of the situation, crossing the River Euphrates and moving to southern Syria” the source noted.
The sources also said that the Russian forces command will continue to take measures to prevent ISIS units from leaving Raqqa in the direction of Homs and Hama. The Russian aircraft in Syria are capable of eliminating terrorists around the clock.