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Russian Aerospace Forces Not Engaged in Deir Ez-Zor Attacks – General Staff

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Russian aerospace forces were not engaged in Deir Ez-Zor attacks, carried out by the US-led coalition against the Syrian army, the Russian General Staff said Saturday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The attacks by the coalition planes near the Deir ez-Zor airport were first reported by the Syrian army on Saturday. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the attacks saying they killed 62 servicemen and injured 100 more.

“I would like to stress that the Russian aerospace forces were not involved at this time in this region,” Chief of the General Staff's Main Operational Directorate Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy told journalists.

Rudskoy added that Russia would continue airstrikes against IS militants near Deir Ez-Zor, supporting the Syrian Army.

“We believe that this incident with great human casualties has become possible in view of the US unawareness of the situation and its unwillingness to coordinate its actions to combat terrorist groups in Syria with Russia,” he noted.

Rudskoy also said that the Russian Defense Ministry is awaiting the explanation of the situation by the coalition group, led by the US.

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