Russia denies Amnesty report, targeting civilians in Syria

Russian Defence Ministry says they reject Amnesty International report that said Russian airstrikes in Syria may amount to war crimes due to targeting civilian areas

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Oct. 1, 2015, image taken from video provided by the Syrian activist-based media group Qasioun News, which has-been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, Syrians gather near the rubble of a building, in the aftermath of a Russian air strike

Russia on Wednesday denied a report by human rights watchdog Amnesty International that said Russian strikes in Syria may amount to war crimes, due to the fact that they are targeting civilian areas which have led to a high number of civilian deaths.

The Amnesty report, which was released on Tuesday, said Russian air strikes in support of Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad, have resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths and damaged hospitals and homes.

Accusing the report of containing “trite cliches,” Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said it was based on “fake information.”

However, the Amnesty underlined in its report that there is evidence that Russia  "has unlawfully used unguided bombs in densely populated areas," such as on residential areas, homes, a mosque and a busy market, as well as medical facilities.

The report continued saying “there is also evidence suggesting Russia’s use of international cluster munitions,” another matter that the Russian Defence Ministry denied.

The ministry spokesman said Russia had no such weapons in their Kheimim base in Latakia.

TRTWorld and agencies