BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 P.M.) – Russian warplanes have laid down major ordinance on a key militant stronghold in Hama province amid an ongoing bombardment campaign aimed at neutralizing rebel movements and bases across Syria’s northwest.
On Saturday, Russian fighter jets attacked militant positions and gatherings at the rebel fortress town of Kafr Zita – located in the northern countryside of Hama province – with precision bombs.
Kafr Zita serves as stronghold for the Free Syrian Army affiliate group Jaysh al-Izaa which maintains a strong presence in northern Hama province.
The raid saw Russian warplanes deliver at least five airstrikes against rebel positions in and around the stronghold. The attack was backed up by heavy shelling from Syrian Arab Army rocket artillery.
At the present time, Russian jets are being restricted to high-altitude precision bombing missions in Syria following the shoot-down of a Su-25 ground attack aircraft by Al-Qaeda-linked forces on the 3rd of February.