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Russia Airstrikes ‘May Amount To War Crimes’

At least 200 Syrian civilians have been killed in Russian airstrikes, according to an Amnesty International report.

Russian Federation has been accused of using cluster munitions and unguided bombs on civilian areas in Syria in attacks that have killed hundreds of people in the past few months.

However, Russia has repeatedly denied causing the deaths of civilians and takes great care to avoid bombing residential areas.

“It is crucial that suspected violations are independently and impartially investigated”.

During a meeting with lawmakers, the prime minister also condemned what he said were Russian air force strikes on Sunday on rebel-held Idlib.

A local activist group said a total of 49 civilians were either killed or missing and feared dead.

The UN resolution urges member states to support cease-fire efforts and to end attacks on civilians, and for all parties to allow access for humanitarian aid.

That is the conclusion of a report by campaign group Amnesty International.

“The human suffering in Syria is horrific and the worldwide community can not allow it to continue”. Thirteen civilians died in the sixth attack, which involved airstrikes in the immediate vicinity of a hospital.

It had interviewed by phone or over the internet witnesses to the attacks, and had audio and video evidence, as well as “advice from weapons experts”. Russia’s military, while in possession of precision-guided munitions, has predominantly used unguided weapons or “dumb bombs” – many of them decades old – against targets in Syria. This suggests that the attacks may have violated global humanitarian law and may, in some circumstances, constitute war crimes. “People were buying goods; children were eating”, the activist, Mohammed Qurabi al-Ghazal, told Amnesty. Forty were lined up, and next to the bodies was a woman sitting and crying. “To this day, I can not get over it”, he added.

Speaking to RIA Novosti, he suggested it was easy for other countries to monitor Russian bombing and that if civilians were targeted, they would have already complained through the United Nations not “in a report”. Video footage of the scene after the attack shows no evidence of a military presence.

Civilians and rescue workers remove a toddler and search for other victims amid the rubble of a building following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces on the Sukkari neighborhood of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on December 7, 2015. One of the Russian plane’s two pilots was killed. “Such attacks may amount to war crimes”, he said.

The report gives more details about six attacks.

Russian officials have yet to comment on the report.

The research also examines the reactions of Russian authorities to the investigations.

With an operating base at Hmeymim near Latakia in western Syria, Russia is able to launch as many as 80 sorties per day.

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