Video: Russian airstrikes destroy IS oil tankers in northern Syria

Russia's Defence Ministry released a footage showing oil tank trucks going up in flames within seconds of bombing raids.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 26, 2015 10:22 pm
Syria, Russia, Russia Syria airstrikes, Russia Syria bombing, Russia IS airstrikes In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, Russian Tu-22 bombers escorted by the Su-27s fighter jets drop bombs on a target in Syria (AP Photo/ Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)

Russia on Friday carried out a series of airstrikes targeting a parking lot with oil tankers allegedly belonging to the Islamic State in northern Syria.

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Russia’s Defence Ministry released a footage showing oil tank trucks going up in flames within seconds of bombing raids. Almost two thousand oil tankers have been destroyed since the beginning of the Russian operation in Syria, according to reports by the Russia Defence Ministry.


Meanwhile, Russia’s bombing of Syria has attracted widespread condemnation from the global community with Amnesty International saying their bombing raids may amount to a war crime because of the number of civilians its strikes have killed.

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“Russian airstrikes in Syria have killed hundreds of civilians and caused massive destruction in residential areas, striking homes, a mosque and a busy market, as well as medical facilities, in…attacks that show evidence of violations of international humanitarian law,” Amnesty said in a new report.

Watch how Russian choppers prepare to bomb IS in Syria

Russia started its campaign of airstrikes against militants in Syria on Sept. 30, saying it wanted to help the Kremlin’s main Middle East ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, defeat Islamic State and other militant groups.

It has repeatedly and forcefully denied targeting civilians, saying it takes great care to avoid bombing residential areas.

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  1. Haradhan Mandal
    Dec 26, 2015 at 3:15 pm
    Russia (and Bangladesh under Begum Hina's Premiership ) have shown the guts and the willingness to go the extra miles to deal with the fundamentalist terrorists in their respective areas/territories for a long long time. And we know - who supported them ('jihadis') and backed them ('jihadis'), directly or indirectly in the cases of both the countries.
    1. H
      Dec 26, 2015 at 7:24 pm
      Amnesty has always been working as a criminal insution. We all know UN is corrupt and descriminative. It sided always for the US. War crime is only valid for non ally sovereign nations. UN has five permenant members in security council with veto power, who is allowed to commit any crime, en the rests worthless tea drinking slaves. Because this corrupt UN we chaos in the world. Have those hired criminals ( human right organization) any thing to talk against China or the US? What about Al Baghdadi? Will they bring soudi King and Caliph erdogan who responsible for the killing civilians in Yemen and ruthless genocide of innocent yasidis and Christians in Syria and Irak? Who were air dropped amunitions, weapons and Toyota trucks ( with so called attacking) by our world corrupt police Uncle Sam. Come on... These criminal gangs are unmasked to the world. The w world stand united against these terrorism committed by their own leaders targeting their own people. These governments controlled by warmongering alite corporates are notorious to the world. European countries and their training terrorism in their own ground and secretly sending to Irak an Syria through turkey and absorbing oil and gas from IS through turkey is wel known. Europe is the nest terrorism, it's network and its funding. Poor innocent people are being fooled on daily basis by their paid media. Are these leaders want to use terrorism against their own people?
      1. A
        Dec 26, 2015 at 1:49 pm
        And what does the Amnesty have to say about the downing of Russian commercial airliner / m killings by ISIS, beheading and torture by the ISIS ?? Do we expect everyone to first request the ISIS to separate themselves from the civilians and then bombard them ? Or is it not safe for civilians to leave that place ? if they don't then it means they want to help ISIS.
        1. C
          Dec 26, 2015 at 7:40 pm
          Until Russia joined to fight against terrorists nothing was happening in battle field. Americans were supplying arms to rebels creating a worse situation like they did in Libya. Democracy does not work in middle east .
          1. Pushpinder Harsh
            Dec 26, 2015 at 2:44 pm
            To talk of war crimes, one cannot be selective. We need to consider US missile attacks on Baghdad while Saddam was in power. One needs to consider the reported atrocities against the Iraqis, by US forces. One needs to consider US initial mive bombardment of southern Afghanistan, when it was well known that the so-called Taliban forces were deplo around and northwards of Kabul, in confrontation with the forces of the Northern Alliance. In each case the primary casualties were the civilians. Strangely, there was not even a peep from the Human Rights or Amnesty Organizations. These organizations tend to find atrocities only when non US alliance forces employ their power in the areas of conflict. How many times have we heard these organizations raise voice against the civilians killed in Yemen by Saudi and Allied Air Forces?
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