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Russian Tu-22M3 bombers critical in the defence of Deir ez-Zor

The Russian bombers have allowed Syrian troops to significantly improve their position in the besieged city

The Russian Army’s General Staff has said that the Syrian troops trapped in the Daesh-besieged city of Deir ez-Zor have significantly improved their positions largely due to Russian airstrikes.

According to Chief of the Russian General Staff Main Operational Directorate, Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, the Russian Tu-22M3 aircrafts have so far carried out 36 sorties which destroyed 34 terrorist facilities neighbouring the city of Deir ez-Zor. These attacks have been vital in the defence of the Syrian City that is at present besieged by Daesh militants.

Russian long-range aircraft played an important role in undermining the combat capability and demoralization of Daesh troops in the area of ​​the city of Deir ez-Zor.”

The active support by Russian Aerospace Forces has seen the garrison of government troops in the city, “significantly improve its position.”

At Syria’s President Bashar Assad’s request, the Russians have been conducting a counter terrorist campaign in the country since late September, 2015.

By mid-January this year, Daesh terrorists had surrounded the military airfield based in Deir ez-Zor in the north-eastern part of Syria threatening food supply in the city.

The Syrian government forces have successfully managed to hold the city despite being under siege since July 2014.

The Russian strategic bombers started strikes on January 21, launching airstrikes at Daesh arms and ammunition in the Deir ez-Zor province with reconnaissance confirming the destruction of designated targets.

The capture of the city of Deir ez-Zor would likely lead to the genocide of civilians and  the local population therein would possibly be wiped out according to the Russian General Staff.

Currently, the servicemen and residents of Deir ez-Zor rely on food and humanitarian aid supplied via air-drops. The advancement of Daesh militants in the region has threatened the security of humanitarian air operations resulting in a two-week pause of humanitarian aid.

The United Nations resumed aid deliveries in the city on January 30 after Syrian and Russian troops pushed Daesh militants back.

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