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Explosions Witnessed As Putin Drops 'New Type Of Bomb' In Syria

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Explosions Witnessed As Putin Drops 'New Type Of Bomb' In Syria

Footage which reportedly show Russian jets dropping bombs on rebel forces in Syria has emerged.

Massive explosions were filmed in the towns of Souran, Taibat al-Imam, Halfaya and Lataminah in Hama Province, Al Masdar News reports.

The news outlet claims that the airstrikes were carried out by five Russian warplanes and two helicopters; it also reports that the footage shows a new type of bomb being used.

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A recent report claimed that President Vladimir Putin had been working on a 'secret bomb' that was four times as powerful as the weapon the US used to attack ISIS in an Afghan hideaway, and carries 44 tonnes of TNT. However, it's not known if it was this bomb used in these recent airstrikes.

Russia has faced a lot of criticism over the large number of civilian casualties following its bombing of Syria. Amnesty International has accused Putin and Syrian governmental forces of purposely targeting medical facilities when sending airstrikes to rebel-held areas.

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Last week, Putin risked angering US President Donald Trump after dropping a number of cluster bombs on Syria.

Huge fireballs, which lit up the sky, were caught on camera over the rebel-held cities of Latamneh and Saraqeb.

The bombing took place just a few miles from Khan Sheikhoun, where an earlier sarin chemical attack prompted Trump to carry out a number of airstrikes against the Assad regime.

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An eye-witness of the Russian strikes, Laith Ahmed, a volunteer with the White Helmets told the Daily Mail: "The bomb exploded at a height of about 150 metres above the ground, and then the sub-munitions began to fall. At every point one touched the ground, it sent flames in all directions."

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These attacks come as the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Moscow to try and convince President Putin to drop his support of Assad.

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