We review the key developments in Syria, including the Syrian government preparing for a counteroffensive in Eastern Ghouta, airstrikes in Idlib killing seven people, and shells from Syria landing in southern Turkey. "Two servicemen were killed in the attack", RIA Novosti wrote.
More than 600 people are in need of urgent medical care, according to SAMS.
If confirmed, it would be the single biggest loss of military hardware for the Kremlin strongman since he began supporting Syria's president Bashar al-Assad.
Assad forces have been bombing Eastern Ghouta since November 14.
Eastern Ghouta, one of the last remaining opposition strongholds in Syria , is controlled mostly by rebels from the Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) group. "The Russian air group in Syria is combat-ready and continues to fulfill all tasks of its intended goal in full", the ministry added.
Islamists Destroy 7 Planes at Russia's Syrian Airbase, Media Report
Russian media is reporting that at least 7 Russian aircraft were destroyed in shelling by radical Islamists at the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria on December 31st of past year.
'As darkness fell, the Hmeimim air base was subjected to sudden mortar shelling from a mobile group of militants. "Two military servicemen were killed in the shelling".
"The Kommersant report on alleged "actual destruction" of seven Russian war planes at Hmeymim air base is fake", TASS said, citing the ministry.
"The thirty-first day of December in the execution of the flight to the aerodrome of Hama due to a technical fault crashed the Russian Mi-24 helicopters", - stated in the message.
The planes were destroyed on New Year's Eve when rebel shelling rained down on the Hmeymim air base, according to a Russian daily newspaper.
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