April 2021 | Russian jets execute over 1,250 airstrikes on Syrian desert, killing nearly 60 ISIS members
The Russian forces completed their 67th month of military operations in Syria. In the seventh month of the 6th year of Russia’s intervention in Syria, SOHR activists documented new civilian deaths by Russian airstrikes.
During the 67th month of Russia’s military operations in Syria, SOHR activists documented
As the death of five civilians as follows:
- A child was killed in Russian airstrikes on the surrounding areas of Sarmada city in Idlib countryside, on the Syria border with Iskenderun
- Four civilians were killed in strikes by Russian warships on the area of oil refineries and market in Tarhin and al-Hamaran in areas under the control of Turkish forces and their proxy factions in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
SOHR also documented the death of 57 ISIS members and the injury of 25 others due to over 1,380 Russian airstrikes on their positions in the Syrian desert, mostly were killed in the deserts of al-Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor and Homs while the rest in Aleppo-Hama-Al-Raqqah triangle.
Between the 30th of September 2015 and the 30th of April 2021, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the death of 20,758 persons. The breakdown of fatalities is as follows:
- 8,666 civilians: 2,099 children under the age of eighteen, 1,317 females over the age of eighteen, 5,250 men and young people
- 5,882 ISIS members
- 6,210 fighters of rebel and Islamic Factions, Hayyaat Tahrir al-Sham, the Islamic Turkestani Party, and fighters of Arab and foreign nationalities.
SOHR sources have reported that Russia used the “Thermite-type explosives” in their airstrikes, a substance composed of aluminium powder and iron oxide which causes burns as it continues to ignite for about 180 seconds; some of the bombs used by Russian jets on the Syrian territory were loaded with this substance.
It has been discovered that they are “RBK-500 ZAB 2.5 SM” cluster incendiary bombs each weighed about 500 kg (about 1100 pounds) and they were dropped by military aircraft. They carried anti-individuals and anti-vehicles small sized bombs of the type (AO 2.5 RTM), loaded with 50 to 110 small-sized bombs stuffed with “Thermite”, which outpour out of it when they explode; the range of this anti-individuals and anti-vehicles bombs reaches 20 to 30 meters.