A Russian warship and submarine in the Mediterranean have fired four cruise missiles at so-called Islamic State (IS) positions in central Syria.
Russian Federation announced on Wednesday that one of its warships and a submarine in the Mediterranean Sea have fired cruise missiles at Islamic State (ISIS) targets near the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.
Moscow said it had notified the U.S., Turkish and Israeli militaries beforehand of the upcoming strike.
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'The sea-based Kalibr cruise missiles are capable to deliver high-precision strikes at a distance of 1,500 kilometers on sea and land targets, what significantly increases the combat capabilities of both surface warships and submarines of the Russian Navy, ' the ministry release said.
Russia, a staunch Damascus ally, has been providing air cover to Syrian President Bashar Assad's offensive on the IS since 2015.
They have been deployed extensively in the Syrian Civil War.
A long-range cruise missile is fired from a Russian submarine in this image distributed by the Russian Defense Ministry.
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"According to the information I have, the Democratic Syrian Forces [comprising of mostly YPG terrorists] refuted having reached an agreement with Daesh to form a corridor between Raqqa and Palmyra to allow Daesh militants to leave the city".
The missiles, which targeted Al-Nusra Front positions, flew over unpopulated areas, the Russian military said.
During the ISIS occupation, the head of the city's archeological program was beheaded by the terror group, while one of its most important Roman temples, the Temple of Bel, was destroyed in a public act of vandalism for a propaganda video.
The whole of Palmyra, including the four cemeteries outside the walls of the ancient city, has been listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO since 1980.
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