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War of Words: Who Bombed the Hospital in Syria? US or Russia?


February 20, 2016
Sputnik

Airstrikes on a hospital affiliated with Doctors Without Borders -- aka Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) -- and a children's hospital in Syria were carried out by aircraft departing the US Incirlik Airbase in Turkey, a member of Russia's Committee on International Policy has charged. Syria's Ambassador to Russia has accused the US of striking the hospital in Idlib province. At the same time, Turkish Prime Minister has accused Russia of striking the hospital.

http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160216/1034831694/syria-hospital-us-coalition.html



Data Shows Airstrikes on Syrian Hospital Launched by US-Led Coalition Jet
Sputnik

"Reconnaissance data shows that the planes carrying out the strikes on these civilian facilities took to the skies from the US base in Turkey's Incirlik where US-led coalition and Turkish airplanes are based."
-- Senator Igor Morozov


MOSCOW (February 16, 2016) – On Monday, the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said that a hospital in the northwestern Syrian city of Maarat Numan, in the Idlib province, was hit by four rockets. It did not say which of the warring parties was suspected to be behind the deadly attack claiming the lives of at least seven people.

Meanwhile, Syrian Ambassador to Moscow Riad Haddad accused the US of striking a hospital in Syria's Idlib province, while Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused Russia of striking the hospital.

The Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly said that allegations of civilian casualties in Russia's strikes are aimed to distract the international community form the four-year-long Syrian civil war. Moscow reiterated that all information regarding targets is always checked and double-checked before delivering strikes.

Moscow urged not to trust distorted media reports and "not become a victim of perverse information".





Syrian Ambassador to Russia Accuses
US of Airstrike on MSF-Backed Hospital

Sputnik

MOSCOW (February 15, 2016) -- Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riad Haddad on Monday accused the United States of striking a hospital in Syria's Idlib province supported by the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) aid agency.

MSF said the hospital in the northwestern Syrian city of Maarat Numan, in the Idlib province, was hit by four rockets on Monday morning. It did not say which of the parties was suspected to be behind the attack. However, later in the day, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused Russia of the attack.

"Actually, US Air Force have destroyed it, and Russia Aerospace Forces have no connection to it. Intelligence information proves it," Haddad said in an interview with Rossiya 24 television.

He added that the statements accusing Moscow were part of information warfare.

Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with the army loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fighting several opposition factions and militant organizations, including the Daesh, which is banned in a number of countries, including Russia.

Russia commenced an anti-terrorist aerial campaign in Syria, on September 30, following a request from Damascus, however, a US-led coalition has been bombing Daesh positions in Syria without the approval of the UN Security Council or Syrian authorities.






Turkish PM Blames Russia for
Striking MSF-Backed Syrian Hospital

Sputnik

KIEV (February 15, 2016) -- Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday accused Russia of striking a hospital in Syria supported by the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) health charity.

MSF said the hospital in the northwestern Syrian city of Maarat al-Numaan, in the Idlib province, was hit by four rockets earlier on Monday. It did not say which of the warring parties was suspected to be behind the attack.

Davutoglu, who is in Kiev in a show of support for the Ukrainian government, claimed at a press conference that the hospital had been struck by a ballistic missile launched by a Russian warship deployed in the Caspian Sea.

The airstrikes on the 30-bed health facility left around 40,000 people in the active conflict zone without medical services, MSF said. At least eight staff of 54 people who worked there are missing.

MSF said the airstrikes came within a few minutes of each other, in what it said appeared to be a deliberate attack.

The Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly said that allegations of civilian casualties in Russia's strikes are aimed to distract the international community form the four-year-long Syrian civil war. Moscow reiterated that all information regarding targets is always checked and double-checked before delivering strikes.

Moscow urged not to trust distorted media reports and "not become a victim of perverse information."

"I emphasize that the strikes by our air group in Syria on terrorist targets are carried out only after data [on terrorist targets] is verified through several channels. Strikes are not carried out in case of risk for lives of civilians," spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

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