MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Images and video, filmed by the Aleppo Media Center anti-government activist group, of ash-covered 5-year-old Omar Daqneesh pulled from the rubble in Qaterji have gained wide circulation on social media and news outlets.
"We have repeatedly stressed that Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft active in the Syrian Arab Republic never engage targets within the boundaries of settlements. This especially concerns the al-Qaterji district of Aleppo, directly adjacent to the two recently opened Russian humanitarian operation corridors for the safe exit of local residents, mentioned in the Western media," Konashenkov said.
"The nature of the damage shown by Western channels of the building during Omran's rescue demonstrates that if the strike did take place, it would come not from aircraft munitions, but a mine or a gas cylinder used in large numbers by the terrorists," the spokesman stressed.
He further accused the media of committing a "moral crime" in the "cynical hype" of the volunteers' footage for their "formulaic propaganda material."