August 2021 | Nearly 30 ISIS members killed and injured in hundreds airstrikes by Russian jets on Syrian desert
The Russian forces completed their 71st month of military operations in Syria. In the 11th month of the 6th year of Russia’s intervention in Syria, SOHR activists documented no civilian deaths by Russian airstrikes
During the 71st month of Russia’s military operations in Syria, SOHR activists documented the death of nine ISIS members and injury of 20 others in more than 550 Russian airstrikes on their positions in the Syrian desert, mostly killed in al-Raqqah desert, Deir Ezzor, Homs and Aleppo-Hama-al-Raqqah triangle.
Between the 30th of September 2015 and the 30th of August 2021, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the death of 20,834 persons. The breakdown of fatalities is as follows:
- 8,667 civilians: 2,099 children under the age of eighteen, 1,318 females over the age of eighteen, 5,250 men and young people
- 5,957 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.