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Russia kills 60 militants in Deir ez-Zor, Syria after Isis massacres 300 civilians

The Russian Air Force in Syria has killed 60 Isis militants in the east of Deir ez-Zor province, Russia's defense ministry has reported.

The ministry's spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said: "The Russian Su-34 bombers have struck terrorist strongholds near the village of Bagilya in the Deir ez-Zor province where Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) have recently executed 300 civilian from the local population for the sake of intimidation."

The defence ministry official said that Russia's air force has also delivered more than 40 tonnes of humanitarian aid to areas of Syria which have been blocked off by "terrorists".

"According to the reports received by the Syrian leadership from the settlements where the humanitarian aid was delivered, all the cargo has been received and is now being passed to the residents.”

Konashenkov said that Russian warplanes have carried out 157 sorties and struck 579 terrorist targets in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, Homs, Hama, Latakia and Raqqa in the last four days.

Russia has been bombing Isis and other militants in Syria, since September 30 last year, at the official request of President Bashar Assad.

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