Russia dismisses reports of East Ghouta civilians killed in airstrikes as “fake news”

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MOSCOW, Russia – Russia’s Defense Ministry has dismissed false reports about Russian airstrikes in East Ghouta killing civilians as “fake news.”

“Reports from the British Syrian Observatory For Human Rights citing anonymous ‘activists’ from the village of Kafer Batna about alleged Russian airstrikes in Eastern Ghouta are yet another fake,” Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Friday.

“Russia’s air force performed no combat missions in the area of Eastern Ghouta,” he continued to explain.

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He then went onto explain that the only Russian military presence in this area were members of the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties who are tasked with humanitarian operations.

“I would like to stress that these activities are carried out in the eyes of journalists, including from foreign media. Moreover, the Russian Defense Ministry has organized online broadcasting both from the ground and from unmanned aerial vehicles of the actual situation in Eastern Ghouta, around the humanitarian corridors that have already been used by more than 16,00 civilians to leave the area,” he said.


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