October 2, 2015 / 8:44 AM / in 2 years

Warplanes, believed Russian, bomb IS-held town in Syria

A frame grab taken from footage released October 1, 2015, shows a Russian military jet taxiing on runway shortly after the landing in Syria. REUTERS/Reuters TV/Pool

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Warplanes believed to be Russian bombed an Islamic State-held town 130 km (80 miles) northeast of Damascus overnight, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Friday.

Islamic State captured the town of Qaryatain from government control in August. Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Observatory, told Reuters the warplanes were believed to be Russian.

Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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