Russian raids have hit a good hospital, says Washington

ville-idreb-controlee-rebellesThe United States confirmed on Thursday that recent raids by Russian aviation in Syria had caused “collateral damage”, ie the death of civilian casualties, including Hit a hospital, as stated by NGOs despite denials of Moscow.

“We have operational information (…) that lead us to believe that the Russian military aircraft hit a hospital,” said the spokesman of the State Department, John Kirby, questioned by reporters about of any “evidence” in the possession of the US administration about Russian bombing of medical facilities in Syria.

Last Thursday, Russian diplomacy had strongly denied information of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), based in London, that an air raid Moscow had hit a field hospital in the province of Idleb, in the northwest of Syria, and had killed 13 people.

On the same day last week, another association, the Syrian-American Medical Society (SAMS) working in Syria, accused Russian aircraft have conducted nine raids against five hospitals and health centers in areas held by the Syrian rebels, killing civilians and medical personnel.

“We have other operational information that lead us to think that Russian targets, not only, not intended the Islamic state but, in fact, caused collateral damage and civilian casualties, including (on) infrastructure civil, “said Mr Kirby.

The US spokesman was not more specific and would not say if the first-hand information from his government had been transmitted to the Russian side.

The armies of the Russian and US Air perform both military operations in the Syrian sky and exchange information to avoid any air incident.

Russian raids in Syria began on September 30, in support of land operations of the army of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad against rebel organizations.

The United States, who fly for more than one year international military coalition against EI in Syria and Iraq, accusing Russia not to attack the ultra radical jihadi group, but rather to the so-called moderate armed rebellion .

The two powers are, however, engaged in a diplomatic process – a session held Thursday and Friday in Vienna – to try to find a political solution to the conflict that has claimed more than 250,000 lives since March 2011.

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