BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:50 P.M.) – On Wednesday, Russian warplanes targeted militant positions and underground bases at the rebel-held town of Al-Latamenah – located in northern Hama province – with pinpoint strikes using a combination of bunker-buster, conventional and thermobaric (fuel-air) bombs.
According to military-affiliated sources, Russian airpower has been engaging militant positions, gathering and movements across rebel-held areas of Hama’s northern countryside for the past three days.
Al-Latamenah serves as a fortress town for the Free Syrian Army affiliate group Jaysh al-Izza – the militia itself maintaining a strong presence within northern Hama in general.
The stronghold has an intricate system of tunnels (some big enough to house battle tanks) and underground bases inside and around it.
Rebel forces have been in control of Al-Latamenah for about six years now – never losing it once to an assault by Syrian pro-government forces.
Militant activists have released footage in recent hours showing several Russian airstrikes on Al-Latamenah – one of the bombs can clearly be identified as a bunker-buster type.