Russia air strikes killed 200 civilians in Syria

    Russia air strikes killed 200 civilians in Syria

    Dec 23, Damascus: Amnesty International said that 200 civilians have been killed in Russian air strikes in Syria.

    It said that it "researched remotely" more than 25 Russian attacks in five areas between 30 September and 29 November.

    Amnesty said that findings indicate serious failures [by Russia] to respect international humanitarian law.

    According to the news reports, Moscow has repeatedly denied causing civilian deaths, describing such claims as part of "information warfare".

    Russia began air strikes targeting Islamic State militants (IS) and other groups on 30 September, saying it was acting at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    In the report, Amnesty said it had researched the Russian attacks in Homs, Hama, Idlib, Latakia and Aleppo.

    The group said it had "interviewed by phone or over the internet 16 witnesses to attacks and their aftermath", including doctors and human rights activists.

    The Oslo Times


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