January 19, 2016 / 1:43 PM / 5 years ago

Russia flies over 40 tonnes of aid to blocked Syrian areas - agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s air force has delivered more than 40 tonnes of humanitarian aid to areas of Syria which are blocked by “terrorists”, Russian agencies quoted a defence ministry official as saying on Tuesday.

Food and other cargo was parachuted to the besieged city of Deir ez-Zor and other localities blocked by Islamic State, Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov was quoted as saying.

Konashenkov added that a Russian bomber had destroyed strongholds in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, where Islamic State had executed Syrian civilians en masse recently.

He said the bomber’s strikes had killed more than 60 terrorists in comments carried by agencies.

Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Alexander Winning

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