Russian military aircraft eliminated a group of ISIL militants who tried to break through from Palmyra, the Head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Sergei Rudskoy said, Interfax reports.
“All the scattered ISIL gangs, who broke out, were eliminated by Russian aviation, preventing them from fleeing in the direction of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor,” he said during the briefing in Moscow on Thursday.
“Despite certain local ceasefire violations, clashes were stopped in most of of territories of Homs, Hama and Aleppo provinces. This created conditions for the return of civilians to their homes“, Rudskoy said.
He stressed that the reconciliation agreement with armed opposition forces has allowed government troops to amplify the fight against terrorist groups ISIL and “Jabhat al-Nusra”.
“From the beginning of March divisions and units of the Syrian Army, as well as militia and patriotic opposition units were redeployed, in order to strike ISIL terrorist groups near Tadmor (Palmyra, Homs province),” – the general said.