The Russian warplanes yesterday struck convoys crossing from Turkey into Syria and weapon depots near the Bab al-Hawa border-crossing, which is under the rebel control, according to media reports.

The Russian strikes also targeted a rebel battalion near Bab al-Hawa, killing many militants.

It was not the first Russian strikes against weapon convoys reaching Syria. In 2015, particularly after the Turkish air force downed a Russian war jet over Syria on November 24, Moscow carried out intensive airstrikes against the Turkey-backed rebel positions on the Syrian-Turkish borders.

In separate attacks, Russian strikes also targeted the positions of the Islamic State (IS) group in several towns in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour, according to the report.

The next step for the Syrian army is to capture Rabia, the second most important rebel bastion in north of Latakia.

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