Russia Reports It Hit 285 Targets In Syria, But Denies Hit On Civilian Hospital

Russia Reports It Hit 285 Targets In Syria, But Denies Hit On Civilian Hospital

Russia is dismissing reports that a Russian airstrike in Syria was aimed at a civilian hospital as nothing but “stovepiping”.

Humans rights group Human Rights Watch, says civilians were among a number of people killed by the Russian airstrike on a hospital in Hamal. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Defense says such claims are nothing but “stovepiping,” but would still be “carefully monitored and analyzed” by the ministry.

He says, “such anonymous, unverified information is released especially for the purpose of being picked up by the Western media."

The defense ministry said over the last three days the Russian aviation group in Syria has struck 258 targets of terror groups the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra.

Konashenkov says, "Over the past three days, the warplanes of the Russian air group have carried out 164 sorties, hitting 285 targets."

He says 59 of the sorties were carried out during Sunday and Sunday night, targeting 94 terrorist sites in the provinces of Idlib, Hama Latakia,  Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor and Damascus.

Konashenkov says a large ammunition dump belonging to the Jabhat al-Nusra in the Damascus province was "razed to the ground", while in Aleppo, an Islamic State command center used to coordinate actions against the Syrian Army units near the Quaires airport had been destroyed.  He also claims an Islamic State base equipped with anti-aircraft guns, mortars and heavy machine guns were also destroyed in the same area.

The Defense Ministry posted video of some of the airstrike on its official YouTube channel.

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