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    US-led coalition airstrikes, targeting civilians instead of Daesh positions, occur too often, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday, commenting on alleged Belgian airstrike against a Syrian village in northern Aleppo.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation said Tuesday it had received local reports of an airstrike on the Syrian village of Hassajek that killed six people and wounded at least four. According to its bulletin, Russian or Syrian aircraft did not operate in the area at the time of the strike while air traffic control systems detected two F-16 fighter jets of the Air Force of the Kingdom of Belgium at the time of the strike.

    Earlier in the day, Belgian Defense Minister Steven Vandeput dismissed claims regarding the country's responsibility for the airstrike on the village of Hassajek near Aleppo that killed six people.

    "Russia has effective air defense means, which ensure round-the-clock monitoring of the air situation practically over all the territory of Syria and beyond," ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

    Konashenkov said that targeting mistakes by the member countries of the international coalition, including Belgium, unfortunately, occur regularly.

    "Weddings, funerals, hospitals, police departments, humanitarian convoys and even Syrian troops, fighting against Daesh terrorists near Deir ez-Zor, become targets for coalition airstrikes," Konashenkov stressed.

     

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    • ron
      Where is the ICC on these crimes?
    • AL
      If Russia controls the skies, and they're there for the good of the human population, their protection, arranging aid convoys...yet sits and does nothing whilst people are killed....then they're just as guilty as the west, in this case for inaction or guilt by omission. Get off your arse, put your no fly zone in place, and take out any uninvited air-craft from the skies.
      Otherwise, stop whining about weddings, funerals and anything in order to get some more public sympathy
    • copius
      It is timely for accidents and mistakes on the coalition.
      Oops I thought you were the terrorists... Actually you are!
    • elsa.zardiniin reply tocopius(Show commentHide comment)
      copius, That is what I would do as well!
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