Russia’s General Staff says about 850 Takfiri militants have been killed as the Syrian forces, backed by Russian warplanes, repelled an attack by militants in a “de-escalation zone” in the Syrian province of Idlib.
The Russian General Staff said in a statement on Wednesday that the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham – previously known as al-Nusra Front – Takfiri militant group and its allies launched an offensive on the positions of government forces stationed to the north and northeast of Hama city on Tuesday morning.
General Sergei Rudskoy, the spokesman for the Russian General Staff, said some 850 militants were killed as the Russian command in Syria ordered an operation, including air raids and a ground offensive conducted by the military and special operations forces, to thwart the terrorist attack.
The statement added that the militants suffered heavy losses as 11 tanks, three infantry fighting vehicles, 46 armed pickup trucks, five mortars, 20 freighter trucks and 38 ammo supply points were destroyed in the operation.
He noted that three Russian troops from the special operations forces were also wounded in the operation.
The Russian military said that the militants’ offensive was meant to derail the successful operation of the government forces east of Dayr al-Zawr.