BBC News 
Friday, August 3, 2012
Three large Russian landing ships carrying hundreds of marines will soon visit the port of Tartus in war-torn Syria, the Russian military says.
The ships, each with up to 120 marines on board, will spend a few days in the port, the general staff source said.
They will take on fresh supplies of food and water. Russia has a small naval maintenance facility at Tartus.
It is not clear whether some marines will stay in Tartus. Russia supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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