Syria hotline for US and Russia still in use

The Russian strike comes days after Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) fired six medium-range ground-to-ground ballistic missiles into ISIS bases in Syria's Deir Ezzor on Sunday in retaliation for twin terrorist attacks in the Iranian capital Tehran, which killed 17 people and injured over 50 others.

Long-range Kalibr cruise missiles are launched by a Russian Navy ship in the eastern Mediterranean.

According to a Friday statement by the Russian Defense Ministry, the missiles were launched from Russian Navy frigates, the Admiral Essen and the Admiral Grigorovich, as well as a submarine, the Krasnodar, from the eastern Mediterranean. Huge ISIS ammunition depot near the town of Aqerbat was destroyed by a precision strike.

It said that Turkish and Israeli military "were informed in a timely manner of the missile launches through communication channels", but it did not mention the United States.

The ministry released video footage of missiles being fired from underwater by the submarine and from the ships as well as aerial footage of the missiles striking two-story buildings in what appeared to be semi-desert areas.

"The remaining gunmen and targets of the IS terrorists were destroyed by airstrikes of bombers of Russia's Aerospace Forces", it said.

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The most recent such strikes from ships and submarines were announced by the ministry on May 31, aimed at targets around Palmyra.

Russian Federation is one of the strongest backers of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and has been carrying airstrikes in the country since September 2015.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which include Arab and Kurdish fighters and are supported with air strikes by a US -led coalition, began an offensive two weeks ago to seize the northern city from Islamic State, which overran it in 2014.

According to the Russian MOD, the terrorists were attempting to leave Raqqa which is besieged by Kurdish militia of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US -led coalition forces and head towards Palmyra using a "southern corridor".

Russian warships fired missiles into Syria on Friday, according to reports.

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