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Turkey, Qatar, UAE planes fly Daesh out of Syria to Yemen: Damascus

Brigadier General Ali Mahyoub, the spokesman for the Syrian Armed Forces.

Turkish, Qatari and Emirati airplanes have transferred hundreds of Daesh Takfiri militants from Syria to Yemen following Russian airstrikes on the terrorists’ positions, the spokesman for the Syrian Armed Forces says.

Brigadier General Ali Mayhoub announced on Tuesday that two planes from Turkey, one from the United Arab Emirates and a fourth from Qatar transported 500 Daesh terrorists fleeing from the country to an airport in Yemen's port city of Aden.  

Russia launched its military operation against terrorists in Syria on September 30 upon a request from the Damascus government, shortly after the upper house of the Russian parliament gave President Vladimir Putin the mandate to use military force in the Arab country.

The file photo of an Emirati airplane


Since then, Russian air force jet fighters have demolished numerous vehicles, command posts, communication centers, fuel and ammunition depots, plants used for making bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), as well as several training camps, all used by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

Earlier on October 23, the general said Syrian government forces have dealt heavy blows to members of the Daesh terror group and other Takfiri outfits operating in the country, forcing the extremists to flee towards the Turkish border in search of refuge.

Turkey has time and again been blamed for being one of the main supporters of the militant groups operating in Syria, with reports saying that Ankara actively trains and arms the Takfiri militants there and facilitates their safe passage into the Arab country.

For more than four years, Syria has been grappling with a deadly militancy which it blames on some foreign countries, including its northern neighbor, Turkey. Around 250,000 people have lost their lives and millions more have been displaced. 

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