Syria air raids kill over 100 ISIL terrorists in Aleppo
Syrian fighter jets have pounded militant positions in the northwestern city of Aleppo, killing more than 100 ISIL militants, local media reports say.
The Syrian official news agency SANA said on Friday that more than 100 terrorists were killed after military jets bombarded militant hideouts in the troubled region.
Syrian jets reportedly destroyed several ISIL sanctuaries and ammunition depots across the area.
The aerial attacks were carried out after ISIL militants fired hundreds of rockets and shells into at least seven government-held areas of Aleppo late on Thursday.
At least four civilians were killed and over 70 others injured in the massive attack by the militants. Reports indicate that the government forces have successfully repelled the latest militant assault in the area.
Aleppo, which was once the economic powerhouse of Syria, is now divided between government forces that largely control the west of the city and the militants that have a strong presence in the east.
Over the past months, Syrian soldiers have made numerous gains in the battle against the foreign-sponsored militants, inflicting heavy losses on them in several areas.
Meanwhile, the influx of foreign militants into Syria has prompted warnings from international organizations. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently said that 25,000 terrorists from more than 100 countries have joined terrorist groups such as ISIL and al-Nusra Front.
Also on Friday, the United Nations cultural agency warned that the ISIL terrorist group was looting ancient sites across Syria on an “industrial scale.”
Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Irina Bokova told a meeting of experts in London that the ISIL militant group is selling treasures to middlemen to raise cash and revenues.
Bokova added that UNESCO used satellite images to track down the looting and smuggling of cultural heritage items.
The ISIL terrorist group has gained notoriety for its barbarity, heinous atrocities and sacrilegious acts.
The Middle Eastern country has been suffering from a deadly crisis for over four years. The ongoing crisis in Syria has reportedly claimed the lives of 230,000 people, including almost 11,500 children.