Russian military personnel killed in clashes in Syria's Deir el-Zour

31 May, 2018, 17:19 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Several of people were killed near Damascus mainly from Russian air strikes

During the nighttime battle, 43 terrorists were killed and six vehicles equipped with large-caliber machine guns were destroyed.

However, Russia has admitted killing of its four soldiers.

The fighting erupted after several groups of rebels attacked an artillery battery of the Syrian regime forces, the ministry said.

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"There have been 35 pro-government forces killed, together with at the very least 9 Russians". They said some, but not all of the Russians were troops.

The remaining 26 were all Syrian troops, he told AFP.

"The command of all the Russian military presented to the state awards", - stated in the defense Ministry.

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A clash with "terrorists" in eastern Syria resulted in the deaths of four Russian soldiers, Russia's defence ministry said on Sunday. "The military doctors had been fighting for the life of two wounded servicemen, but they did not manage to save them", Russian news agency TASS, quoted the ministry, as saying. Five Russian servicemen were injured and were quickly taken to a Russian military hospital.

Russian Federation entered the Syria conflict in September 2015, offering support to Damascus which changed the course of the war, allowing government troops to retake more than half the country from rebels and IS militants. In the province of Deir ez-Zor fighters "Wagner" on a regular basis are the guardians of the "Assad oil rigs", the source said the Russian press.

Russian and Syrian government troops and pro-government gunmen have been fighting members of the Islamic State group in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour where the extremists resumed their attacks against government forces and their allies in recent weeks. Russian ground and air forces have been crucial in helping Assad recapture most territory lost in the early stages of the nation's seven-year-long civil war. The incident happened after Daesh terrorists attacked an artillery battery belonging to the Syrian army.

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