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Russian pilots killed in mortar attack on Syria base

12 January 2018, 10:53 | Taylor George

Roman Saponkov Vkontakte

Roman Saponkov  Vkontakte

Government officials said they launched the air raids as a counter offense to opposition fighters in Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus-area neighborhood home to 400,000 people - roughly half of them children.

A further five died in shelling by Syrian government forces.

"At nightfall the Hmeymim airfield was hit by a sudden mortar attack by a group of militants; two soldiers were killed in the bombing", the defense minister said.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, according to United Nations officials.

The war in Syria began in 2011 with harsh repression of protests.

Eastern Ghouta has been targeted despite being among a handful of so-called de-escalation zones in Syria, where military activity is prohibited under a ceasefire agreement endorsed by Turkey, Russia, and Iran earlier this year.

On Wednesday, the ministry said two pilots died when a Russian Mi-24 helicopter crashed due to a technical fault 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) off the Khmeimim Air Base.

Roman Saponkov  Vkontakte
Roman Saponkov Vkontakte

Rebels in Eastern Ghouta have managed to keep Syrian military forces at bay during years of war, but a four-year government siege of the district has led to a humanitarian crisis with severe shortages of food and medicine.

"A report in the Kommersant newspaper on the alleged destruction of seven Russian warplanes at the Hmeymim airbase is fake".

At least seven Russian planes were destroyed by rebel shelling at the Hmeimim air base in Syria on 31 December, Russian daily Kommersant reported late on Wednesday, citing two sources.

With four fatalities this is one of the deadliest single days for the Russian army in Syria since it entered the conflict and brings the total number of officially reported losses to 44.

There was, however, no immediate confirmation by the Russian military, which is providing air support to government forces fighting rebels.

"Last month, Russian Federation began establishing a permanent presence at Hmeymim and a naval base at Tartous although President Vladimir Putin has ordered a "significant" withdrawal of his military from Syria, declaring their work largely done", Reuters reported.

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