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Russian Federation accused of using cluster bombs in Syria

At least 200 civilians have been killed by Russian airstrikes in Syria since Russia’s air campaign began there in September, according to a new report by Amnesty International.

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International said there has been a surge in reports of cluster bombs dropped in areas targeted by Russian forces since Moscow joined the conflict September 30. “However, the mosque shown in the image was a different one from the one destroyed in the attack”, said Amnesty International.

Russian Federation denied as “fake information” accusations made on Wednesday that its air strikes in Syria have killed hundreds of civilians and could be treated as war crimes.

The deputy spokesman relayed Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s concern with the human rights group’s report, but said the United Nations could not independently confirm the incidents presented in it.

Russian Federation claims it’s forces are operating in conjunction with global law.

“We have documented, in detail, six attacks”, Anna Neistat, Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Research told RFI. With her hair barely covered by her head scarf, Sara describes Islamic State group members beating women in the streets if their trousers were visible under their black abayas, and their leaving the corpses of their victims in public view for three days as a warning to would-be dissenters. “They must halt all use of cluster munitions and stop dropping unguided bombs on civilian areas”, said Philip Luther.

“At that, they are diversified, and the army, navy and aviation use the most modern weapons”, Putin said.

“This is yet another provocation from someone who does not like the way we counter terrorism in Syria“, Mr Ozerov said.

Speakinng to the Independent upon the release of its report, Amnesty said it had repeatedly put its evidence to Moscow officials beforehand but received no “substantive” response. 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.

“People on the ground, particularly doctors that have been interviewed or working inside hospitals dealing with injuries they of course can say these are blast injuries, shrapnel injuries, but they themselves cannot say with any certainty in most respects…”

“I support the president of UEFA, even if he’s suspended”.

Besides the questionable effectiveness of the “remote investigation technique“, Amnesty’s own credibility and impartiality should be looked at, Shoebridge added.

Amnesty International based its claim on telephone conversations with survivors and other witnesses. Several former residents of Tel Abyad (a northern Syrian border town) affirm that they knew that civilians had been killed in coalition air strikes.

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