May 2022 | Over 20 ISIS members killed and injured in over 370 airstrikes by Russian jets on Syrian desert
The Russian forces completed their 80th month of military operations in Syria. In the 8th month of the 7th year of Russia’s intervention in Syria, SOHR activists documented no civilian deaths by Russian airstrikes, as eight civilians, including two women and three children were killed in airstrikes on the “de-escalation zone”.
During the 80th month of Russia’s military operations in Syria, SOHR activists documented nearly 370 airstrikes executed by Russian fighter jets on ISIS positions in the Syrian desert, which left eight ISIS members dead and 13 other members injured.
Between the 30th of September 2015 and the 30th of May 2022, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the death of 21,059 persons. The breakdown of fatalities is as follows:
- 8,683 civilians: 2,108 children under the age of eighteen, 1,321 females over the age of eighteen, 5,254 men and young people
- 6,151 ISIS members
- 6,225 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 metres.