Russia plans to escalate missions in Syria to ‘300-a-day’ as troops backed by Moscow’s jets advance on rebel groups in Aleppo
- Syrian ground forces are moving in on Aleppo as Russian jets give support
- Warplanes flattened houses in a strategically important village near Aleppo
- Russia‘s jets carry out dozens of missions a day but wants to up this to 300
- Country has been condemned for attacking Western-backed rebel factions
By JAY AKBAR
Russia plans to carry out up to 300 aerial missions over Syria every day and intends to build a new runway to accommodate its warplane, it has been claimed.
This shocking escalation comes as Syrian troops advance on rebel areas in the province of Aleppo, backed up by Russian jets that have been bombing Syria for more than two weeks.
Images taken only today show the destruction caused by Russia’s planes in the strategically important village of Al-Hader, just south of Aleppo city, which activists claim is the next target in Syria’s ground offensive.
The Syrian army has launched four ground assaults against rebel groups since Moscow began its bombing campaign to prop up Syria’s embattled President Bashar al-Assad.
Russia claims to be targeting ISIS and the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra front, but western governments have condemned it for also firing on rebel factions, some of whom have received cash and training from the West.
Syrian soldiers have gone on the attack in the provinces of Hama, Homs, Latakia and now Aleppo – where power has been shared by the regime, rebels, ISIS and al-Nusra since mid-2012.
The regime took back at least five villages in strategically important regions of Aleppo yesterday, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR).
The monitor group claimed the advance brought
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