The Russian Air Force delivered a series of powerful airstrikes above the provincial capital of the Idlib Governorate on Sunday afternoon, killing over 40 Islamist rebels from Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) before they completely destroyed the Idlib Shariah Courts.
According to a military source in the Hama Governorate, the Russian Air Force’s fighter jets repeatedly struck the large building where the Shariah Courts were located; this resulted in the death of several militants from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and Jund Al-Aqsa (also affiliated with Al-Qaeda).
In addition to striking the Shariah Courts of Idlib City, the Russian fighter jets hit the Idlib Air Force Intelligence headquarters that housed a number of the Islamist fighters and Muslim Brotherhood members.
As a result of these airstrikes, social media activists from the Muslim Brotherhood attempted to depict the Russian air raid as an attack on civilians; however, the Al-Masdar News staff tracked the location of the attack and researched the targeted sites.
The Russian Air Force’s airstrikes did kill one member from the Syrian Civil Defense in Idlib City; however, this member was also known for working with Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham during their executions.