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Russian warplanes strike IS positions in Syria's Palmyra

The Islamic State group took control of the ancient city in May [AFP]

Date of publication: 2 November, 2015

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Russian warplanes have struck the area around the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra that is under Islamic State group control, the Russian ministry of defence said on Monday.

Russian warplanes have struck the area around the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra that is under Islamic State group [IS] control, the Russian ministry of defence said on Monday.

"Su-25 jets hit a fortified ISIS position in the Tadmur area of Homs province," Moscow's defence ministry said in a statement, using the Arabic name for Palmyra.

"As a result of a direct strike a fortification, underground bunker and anti-aircraft artillery were destroyed," added the statement.

IS took control of Palmyra in May after driving out forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad and have since been destroying the ancient city's most notable landmarks.

The Russian ministry of defence also announced that Russian airstrikes destroyed a command post belonging to al-Nusra Front in Latakia on Monday, as part of its ongoing aerial campaign in Syria.

Russian warplanes have carried out 131 sorties and 237 airstrikes across Syria in the past two days according to the ministry of defence.

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