Russian Il-76 airlifter lands at the Khmeimim Air Base in March 2016 (Courtesy: AFP)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:25 A.M.) – Huge reinforcements of the Russian Ground Forces and Syrian Arab Army have been airlifted into the Hama military airport via Deir Ezzor to support offensive operations in northwest Syria.

On Tuesday, both pro-government and opposition sources reported the arrival of large Ilyushin cargo aircraft (type not specified but very likely Il-76 model) at the Hama military airport carrying both Russian and Syrian troops as well as heavy weapons.

One pro-government source claims that at least eight Ilyushin airlifters landed at the airport.

The cargo planes are known to be lifting in men and equipment from the province of Deir Ezzor where major combat operations have since died down with the defeat of ISIS along the entire western shore of the Euphrates River.

So far reports say that disembarked equipment includes fifteen field guns, 20 armored troop carriers and ten military cars, all with Russian flags on them. Al-Masdar News cannot independently confirm this.

In any case, it appears that this recent shifting of Russian and Syrian key military assets from Deir Ezzor to Hama province indicates that pro-government forces still have yet more major offensive forces to commit to operations in northwest Syria which are aimed at liberating the region from terrorists.

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