Russian Plane Brings 56 Evacuees From Conflict-Torn Syria to Moscow


The Russian plane evacuating over 50 people from conflict-torn Syria has landed at the Moscow Domodedovo International Airport, a Russian Emergencies Ministry spokesperson informs.

The plane arrived in Syria on October 16 with over 20 metric tons of humanitarian cargo. It then picked up 56 people, including 38 Russian citizens, in the Syrian port city of Latakia and headed to Moscow, landing at the Domodedovo airport early on Saturday.

According to the Emergencies Ministry spokesperson, there are 10 children among the evacuees.

Apart from Russian citizens, the plane brought eight Belarusian nationals, four Ukrainian citizens and two citizens of Syria to Moscow.

The Syrian army has been fighting against several opposition and rebel groups, including Islamic State radicals and the al-Nusra Front (Jabhat al-Nusra), since the start of a civil war in the country in 2011.

A US-led international coalition has been conducting airstrikes against IS militants in Syria since September, 2014.

Russia started launching precision airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria on September 30, 2015.

Russia has evacuated over 1,100 people, including Russian, Ukrainian and European nationals, from Syria amid ongoing violence in the country.




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