BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – Syrian Islamist militants have targeted a key Russian base south of an important government-held town in the northern countryside of Hama province with artillery fire.

According to reports released by both opposition and pro-government sources in the last several hours, Islamist rebels of the Jaysh al-Izaa militant group have shelled a Russian base south of the government-held city of Halfaya in the province Hama.

At the present time Al-Masdar News cannot confirm if any lasting damage has been done to the Russian facility or if any Syrian or Russian service personnel have been injured or killed as a result of the militant artillery barrage.

Jaysh al-Izza is a armed group operating in northwestern Syria that fights alongside Al-Qaeda-linked forces which are also present in the region. Due to generous support by outside powers earlier in the Syrian conflict, the militant faction possess many fire support assets including howitzers (some of them self-propelled), field guns and tanks.

 

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