ISTANBUL – Russia’s air strikes in Syria are mainly aimed at supporting pro-Assad forces by attacking the moderate opposition factions, French Defense Ministry said on Friday.
“It is not targeting Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants as Moscow claims,” the ministry said in a statement.
The French Defense Ministry has criticized Russia’s intervention into the Syrian coastal areas, saying that nearly 90% of its air strikes were designed to aid the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
“The Russian military action in Syria has not targeted ISIS over the past 10 days; their main goal is to ensure the security of Bashar al-Assad,” the French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.
He added that France has conducted several air strikes by Rafale jets on an ISIS training camp.
“ISIS uses children, women and civilians as human shields through putting them in the frontline,” he said, pointing out that the terror group’s leaders hide in schools, mosques and hospitals, which complicates the mission of the U.S.-led coalition forces.
In the meantime, ISIS militants reported new gains in the northern countryside of Aleppo at dawn on Friday. The jihadist group is now just 20km far from Aleppo city.
Reporting by: Egid Yousef
Source: ARA News
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