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Rescuers and civilians inspect a destroyed building in the Syrian village of Kfar Jales, on the outskirts of Idlib, following airstrikes by Syrian and Russian warplanes. (AFP)

London, Moscow – Compatible sources confirmed that Russia now controls the Syrian airspace after deploying a number of military tools.

This includes advanced early warning and control aircrafts that could “paralyze” the capacity of Israel and the US Marines to launch airstrikes against Syrian territories with “cruise” missiles, which Washington used last April when it attacked the Shayrat Air Base in the Homs governorate.

Israeli sources said on Saturday that a number of A-50 reconnaissance aircraft were spotted flying over Syria in the past few days, including four that are stationed at the Homeimim airbase near Latakia.

The planes are now capable of monitoring the airspace at a range of 600 kilometers. The sources added that in case those aircraft fly near Damascus, they could cover the Israeli airspace and the “de-escalation” zones in southern Syria and near Jordan and Israel.

The sources also said that in addition to an S-400 anti-aircraft missile stationed in northern Latakia, Russia has lately deployed P-800 Oniks-Yakhont cruise missiles, which guard Syria’s coast.

“This development limits the freedom enjoyed hitherto by the US and Israeli air and naval forces over Syria and in the eastern Mediterranean and makes their operations far more hazardous,” the Israeli Debka website reported.

Lately, a Russian official had announced that his country has established a joint airspace system between Moscow and Damascus stationed in the Homeimim airbase.

Meanwhile, the Syrian regime advanced on Saturday to within about 27 kms from Deir al-Zour.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Russian forces had fortified several of their positions in the eastern countryside of Hama, in the latest military deployment of Russian forces in Syria.

The Observatory said that the regime aims to reduce the size of areas controlled by ISIS and to end its existence completely.