Russia bombs Syria for 4th day

MOSCOW - Russian forces bombed targets in Syria for a fourth day despite international concerns over Moscow's intentions in the war-torn nation.

The Russian defense ministry said its soldiers bombed nine ISIS positions Saturday near the terror group's de facto capital in Raqqa.

In the past 24 hours, the air force conducted 20 airstrikes near Raqqa, the ministry said.

Tactical bombers destroyed various militant facilities, including ammunition and oil depots, and all-terrain vehicles, the defense ministry said in a statement.

At least 11 people were killed in an alleged double strike by Russia in Syria's Idlib province, according to opposition groups.

Members of Syria's Civil Defense, a volunteer group operating in rebel-controlled areas, rushed to save people after the aerial attack on the village of Ehsim when a second strike hit the area. A rescue worker and nine members of one family were among the dead, according to the rebel-run Revolutionary Forces of Syria.

"There were families living there," said Ahmed alHmady, head of Syria Civil Defense in Balyoun, Idlib, who survived the attack. "There are no armed fighters there."

CNN could not independently verify it was a Russian strike. Syria and the U.S.-backed coalition against ISIS have also launched strikes.

Russia's defense ministry reported aerial strikes in Idlib but did not say what villages were hit.

Col. Gen. Andrey Kartapolov said Russia notified the United States of the airstrikes in advance.

"The U.S. military attache to Iraq was the first to be informed by our representative in Baghdad, Gen. Kuralenko, on Wednesday morning," Kartapolov said.

Comments (1)

GET PREPARED FOR WORLD WAR THREE. GREAT POWERS ARE NOW TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE POOR SYRIAN NATION TO TEST THEIR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.

freedom fighter - 6 October 2015

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