BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – On Thursday night, Russian warplanes carried out raids against rebel forces in and around Kafr Zita, a key militant stronghold town in northern Hama province.

The Russian airstrikes were a direct response to a rebel offensive against the Syrian Army and allied forces further to the west of Kafr Zita near the government-held town of Kernaz earlier on Thursday.

During the raid that took place, Russian jets dropped incendiary munitions on insurgent infantry and motorized groupings as they were in the midst of mobilizing to attack Syrian pro-government forces.

According to reports, Russian airpower also hit rebel gatherings closer to the frontline at the village of As-Sakhr.

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