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Over 200 ISIS militants killed in Russian air strike

Syrian city of Deir al-Zour

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DAMASCUS, Syria - The Russian air force targeted and killed at least 200 ISIS militants in an airstrike near the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour.

According to Russia's defence ministry, the jihadists had died after its air force targeted a convoy of about 20 4x4s, armored vehicles, and tanks.

While the ministry did not specify when the strike took place, a monitoring group reported that a convoy had been hit last Friday.

In a statement, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 70.

Further, the activist-run Deir Ezzor 24 news network has said that there had been a strike on a convoy outside Deir al-Zour.

It confirmed that a number of militants were killed in the air strike.

Since 2015, ISIS has been besieging Syrian government-controlled areas of the city in a war that has left about 90,000 civilians completely depended on air from the UN.

Two years back, Russia had launched a military campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad even in the face of criticism from the West.

Russia been bombing ISIS positions along the frontline in Deir al-Zour in a bid to help the government enclave falling to the jihadist group.

In a similar attack earlier in August, air strikes attacked the last ISIS-held town in Homs province in Sukhna.

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