Russia made 121 air sorties on Dec 28-29, hit 424 targets in Syria: defense ministry

A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia's Defence Ministry November 23, 2015, shows air strikes carried out by Russia's air force hitting objects, which, according to the ministry, are controlled by the Islamic State militants, at an unknown location in Syria. REUTERS/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's air force made 121 sorties and hit 424 targets in Syria during December 28-29, Russia's defense ministry said on Wednesday. The ministry said that the strikes had occurred in Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Daraa, Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor provinces. The targets included a building in the outskirts of Raqqa, which was destroyed following a direct hit by an Su-34 bomber, following a tip-off that it was being used for a meeting of Islamic State field commanders, the ministry said. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Olesya Astakhova, writing by Jason Bush)

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