British bombers hit oil field targets in Syria for second time

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(Reuters) -- British bombers made their second round of strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria late on Friday, again hitting oil fields, British defense minister Michael Fallon said on Saturday.

"Last night we saw the Typhoons in action for the first time, successfully hitting an oil field, oil well heads in eastern Syria out in the Omar field," Fallon told Sky News.

British lawmakers approved the bombing of Islamic State targets in Syria on Thursday. Hours after that approval, British bombers struck the oilfields that the government says are being used to fund attacks on the West.

The Typhoon fighter bombers had only arrived at Britain's airbase in Akrotiri, Cyprus on Thursday, bolstering its strike force of Tornado warplanes.

Fallon was speaking during a visit to the British airbase in Cyprus.

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In this photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Ariha Today, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian citizens help out an injured boy as another carry a man after a government forces warplane crashed in the center of Ariha town in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syria, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Government air raids and the subsequent crash by the Syrian warplane that slammed into the residential area there killed dozens of people, activists said. (Ariha Today via AP)
IDLIB, SYRIA - AUGUST 03: The wreckage of a plane belonging to the Syrian regime forces is seen after it crashed into a market in the opposition-controlled Eriha district of Idlib, Syria on August 03, 2015. Thirty-five people were killed on Monday and scores of others injured when a Syrian regime warplane crashed into a market in Syrias northwestern Idlib province, according to a local civil defense official. (Photo by Firas Faham/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
IDLIB, SYRIA - AUGUST 03: A Syrian man carries a wounded kid after a plane belonging to the Syrian regime forces crashed into a market in the opposition-controlled Eriha district of Idlib, Syria on August 03, 2015. Thirty-five people were killed on Monday and scores of others injured when a Syrian regime warplane crashed into a market in Syrias northwestern Idlib province, according to a local civil defense official. (Photo by Mohammed Amen Qurabi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
IDLIB, SYRIA - AUGUST 03: A Syrian man who was injured when a plane belonging to the Syrian regime forces crashed into a market, receives treatment in the opposition-controlled Eriha district of Idlib, Syria on August 03, 2015. Thirty-five people were killed on Monday and scores of others injured when a Syrian regime warplane crashed into a market in Syrias northwestern Idlib province, according to a local civil defense official. (Photo by Mohammed Amen Qurabi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
This photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Ariha Today, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows the scene after a government warplane crashed in the center of the town of Ariha, in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syria, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Air raids and the subsequent crash of a Syrian warplane in a residential area in the northwestern town of Ariha on Monday killed and wounded dozens of people, two activist groups said. (Ariha Today via AP)
This photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Ariha Today, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian civil defense workers standing on the rubble of a destroyed building that was damaged after a government warplane crashed in the center of the town of Ariha, in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syria, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Air raids and the subsequent crash of a Syrian warplane in a residential area in the northwestern town of Ariha on Monday killed and wounded dozens of people, two activist groups said. (Ariha Today via AP)
This photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Ariha Today, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens looking for survivors after a government warplane crashed in the center of the town of Ariha, in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syria, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Air raids and the subsequent crash of a Syrian warplane in a residential area in the northwestern town of Ariha on Monday killed and wounded dozens of people, two activist groups said. (Ariha Today via AP)
This photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Ariha Today, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens looking for survivors under the wreckage of a destroyed building that was damaged after a government warplane crashed in the center of the town of Ariha, in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syria, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Air raids and the subsequent crash of a Syrian warplane in a residential area in the northwestern town of Ariha on Monday killed and wounded dozens of people, two activist groups said. (Ariha Today via AP)
This photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Ariha Today, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens walking between the wreckage of destroyed buildings that were damaged after a government forces warplane crashed in the center of the town of Ariha, in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syria, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Air raids and the subsequent crash of a Syrian warplane in a residential area in the northwestern town of Ariha on Monday killed and wounded dozens of people, two activist groups said. (Ariha Today via AP)
This photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Ariha Today, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows parts of a destroyed government warplane that crashed in the center of the town of Ariha, in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syria, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Air raids and the subsequent crash of a Syrian warplane in a residential area in the northwestern town of Ariha on Monday killed and wounded dozens of people, two activist groups said. (Ariha Today via AP)
This photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Ariha Today, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens trying to remove a body from under the wreckage of a destroyed building that was damaged after a government warplane crashed in the center of the town of Ariha, in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syria, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Air raids and the subsequent crash of a Syrian warplane in a residential area in the northwestern town of Ariha on Monday killed and wounded dozens of people, two activist groups said. (Ariha Today via AP)
This photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group Ariha Today, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian injured boy waiting to receive treatment at a makeshift hospital, after a government warplane crashed in the center of the town of Ariha, in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syria, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Air raids and the subsequent crash of a Syrian warplane in a residential area in the northwestern town of Ariha on Monday killed and wounded dozens of people, two activist groups said. (Ariha Today via AP)
IDLIB, SYRIA - AUGUST 03: Syrian rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a buildings destroyed after a plane belonging to the Syrian regime forces crashed into a market in the opposition-controlled Eriha district of Idlib, Syria on August 03, 2015. Thirty-five people were killed on Monday and scores of others injured when a Syrian regime warplane crashed into a market in Syrias northwestern Idlib province, according to a local civil defense official. (Photo by Firas Faham/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
IDLIB, SYRIA - AUGUST 03: Syrian rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a buildings destroyed after a plane belonging to the Syrian regime forces crashed into a market in the opposition-controlled Eriha district of Idlib, Syria on August 03, 2015. Thirty-five people were killed on Monday and scores of others injured when a Syrian regime warplane crashed into a market in Syrias northwestern Idlib province, according to a local civil defense official. (Photo by Firas Faham/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
IDLIB, SYRIA - AUGUST 03: Syrian rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a buildings destroyed after a plane belonging to the Syrian regime forces crashed into a market in the opposition-controlled Eriha district of Idlib, Syria on August 03, 2015. Thirty-five people were killed on Monday and scores of others injured when a Syrian regime warplane crashed into a market in Syrias northwestern Idlib province, according to a local civil defense official. (Photo by Firas Faham/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
IDLIB, SYRIA - AUGUST 03: Syrians walk past destroyed buildings after a plane belonging to the Syrian regime forces crashed into a market in the opposition-controlled Eriha district of Idlib, Syria on August 03, 2015. Thirty-five people were killed on Monday and scores of others injured when a Syrian regime warplane crashed into a market in Syrias northwestern Idlib province, according to a local civil defense official. (Photo by Mohammed Amen Qurabi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
IDLIB, SYRIA - AUGUST 03: Syrians inspect the wreckage of a plane belonging to the Syrian regime forces after it crashed into a market in the opposition-controlled Eriha district of Idlib, Syria on August 03, 2015. Thirty-five people were killed on Monday and scores of others injured when a Syrian regime warplane crashed into a market in Syrias northwestern Idlib province, according to a local civil defense official. (Photo by Mohammed Amen Qurabi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DAMASCUS, SYRIA - AUGUST 03: A Syrian man inspects damaged building following the airstrikes of Syrian regime forces on a residential area in Jobar district of Damascus, Syria on August 03, 2015. (Photo by Muhammed Eyad/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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