Russian fighters bomb ISIL hardware near Syria's Deir Ezzor

MOSCOW, Sep. 02 (MNA) –  Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces have destroyed multiple pieces of Islamist hardware over two days of operations near the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.

Syrian government troops, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, continue to encircle militants of the ISIL terrorist group (banned in Russia) near Akerbat settlement in Syria's Hama province, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

"Due to the effective actions of the Russian Aerospace Forces, the Syrian government troops continue to encircle ISIL group near Akerbat settlement in Hama province," the statement read.

Militants from the ISIL terror group have been pulling armored vehicles and munitions to the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The Russian military said it was destroying ISIL targets round the clock, including hardware, ammo depots and artillery nests.

Deir Ezzor, located on the shores of the Euphrates River to the northeast of Damascus, and a military airfield near the city have been besieged by ISIL for over three years, with food and ammunition only being delivered by air.

The civil war between the Syrian government forces and various opposition and terror groups has been raging since 2011. Russia has been supporting the forces of Syria's President Bashar Assad in their fight against terrorism. Also, Russia, alongside Turkey and Iran, is a guarantor of the Syrian ceasefire regime.

SPUTNIK/MNA

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