Syria: Russian military builds bridge over Euphrates ahead of fresh offensive

The Russian military built a bridge over the Euphrates River, some 10-15 kilometres [6-9 miles] from Deir ez-Zor, Tuesday, to move troops and vehicles to support the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) ahead of a major offensive against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL). Head of the road service of the Russian Defence Ministry, Vladimir Burovtsev, noted that the bridge would serve to... Еще transport military hardware and service personnel to the eastern bank of the Euphrates. He also said that the bridge had been built in less than two days despite persistent shelling, allegedly fired by militants, which are believed to be based some four kilometres (2,48 miles) from the bridge. Burovtsev noted that there are no casualties despite the fact that «explosives and grenades» were fired during the construction of the bridge. According to the Russian defence ministry official, «everything was built within the set time frame and without casualties.» The bridge's length reportedly amounts to 210 metres (689 feet) and its capacity accounts for 8,000 vehicles a day. According to the Russian road service, the bridge can sustain the weight of such heavy armoured vehicles as tanks, infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and multiple rocket launchers. The bridge will also be used to evacuate the wounded and deliver humanitarian aid to regions liberated from IS.
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