Two Russian soldiers killed in Syria air base attack

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Another six people were killed in Arbin area of Eastern Ghouta Wednesday night, said the White Helmets adding that three more civilians, including two children, were also killed by regime airstrikes in Beyt Sava area.

More than 600 people are in need of urgent medical care, according to SAMS.

Eastern Ghouta is the last rebel enclave around the Syrian capital.

Backed by Russian strikes, government forces have escalated military operations against Eastern Ghouta in recent months, seeking to tighten a siege that residents and aid workers say is a deliberate use of starvation as a weapon of war, a charge the government denies.

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The United Nations has made repeated calls for warring parties to abide by their responsibility to protect children in line with worldwide humanitarian and human rights law. "The Russian air group in Syria is combat-ready and continues to fulfill all tasks of its intended goal in full", the ministry added.

Two Russian servicemen were killed in an attack at Syria's Hmeimim air base, the country's defence ministry said on Thursday, bringing the total number of officially reported losses to 44.

Russian Federation first launched bombing raids in 2015 in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

"During night time on December 31, 2017 the airfield Hemeimeem was subjected to a sudden mortar shelling of a mobile group of militants".

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The Russian Ministry of Defense reportedly called the reports of destroyed military aircraft "fake".

Two Russian soldiers were killed by shelling at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria on December 31, the Russian defense ministry said Thursday.

Last month, Russian Federation announced it was withdrawing the bulk of its forces from Syria after it had been fully liberated of Daesh elements.

Forces loyal to Assad and those opposed to his rule continue to battle each other, as well as fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

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