21:53 GMT26 October 2020
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    Ruins of commercial structures, apparently destroyed by airstrikes have been found on the Syrian-Jordanian border where neither Russian nor Syrian aircraft have ever operated, a senior Defense Ministry official said on Friday.

    "Near the city of Herbet-Gezala on the Syrian-Jordanian border we found commercial buildings destroyed as a result of bombing," Col. Gen. Andrei Kartapolov, head of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, said when briefing foreign military attaches and reporters in Moscow.

    "As far as we know, neither nor Syrian military aircraft have ever operated there… ISIL terrorists have never been seen in this area, which has been controlled by the Free Syrian Army since 2013,” he added.

    General Kartapolov displayed photographs of the bombed area.

    "The pictures show no signs of military activity around these little garden houses, no trenches, no trace of military hardware, nor military hardware proper. These are just gardens and fields with structures for storing agricultural tools," he noted.

    "Why did they have to be destroyed? It looks as if someone's pilots trained or carried out a strike to report to their commanders on their combat mission accomplishment," General Kartapolov said.


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