Russian warplanes did not hit the Syrian town of Ashara in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor on Monday where at least 17 people were reportedly killed in an air raid, Russia’s Defence Ministry said in a statement.
“Russia’s air forces did not carry out any combat missions in the area,” Russian news agencies quoted Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov as saying.
However, local rights’ activists reported that Syrian and Russian warplanes killed at least 17 people in an air raid on a market in Ashara.
Eight children were among those killed and the toll was expected to rise, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. The strikes on al-Asharah, a town held by ISIS in Deir ez-Zor province, were suspected to have been carried out by either Russian or Syrian government planes, the source said.
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