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The Russian Defense Ministry said that Russian and Syrian radars proved that Belgian jets struck the Syrian village of Hassajek.

The Russian Defense Ministry will unveil flight path details of the Belgian Air Force jets at the time of the deadly strike on a village near Aleppo in Syria, Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Thursday.

Russian Defence Ministry: “Belgian jets killed six in Kurdish village”

Russian Major-General Igor Konashenkov stated that the Russian Defence Ministry had evidence that two Belgian F-16 jets attacked the Kurdish village of Hassadjek, killing six residents and wounding four others. Konashenkov was speaking at a press-conference in Moscow on Thursday.

SOT, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson (Russian): “Air control means registered at 01:34 Moscow time on October 18 the take-off of two military planes of the international coalition from the al-Salti airfield in Jordan.”

SOT, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson (Russian): “While in the air, the Belgian fighter jets were refuelled from 02:52 in the Syrian air space in the area of Deir ez-Zor from a US KC-135 aircraft and then continued their flight in a north-westerly direction.”

SOT, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson (Russian): “At 03:35 the planes delivered an air strike against the Kurdish village of Hassadjek in the Aleppo Province, which killed six residents and wounded four more. From 04:19 the two Belgian fighter jets were refuelled again from a US KC-135 and patrolled the air space in the area of the town of Azaz north of Aleppo.”

SOT, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson (Russian): “After this the aircraft headed to the south-east in the direction of Iraq. At 07:25 the Belgian F-16s came out of the Syria airspace.”

SOT, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson (Russian): “I want to emphasize that this is not the first time the countries of the international coalition hit civilians with the complete denial of responsibility. This is how the weddings, funerals, hospitals, police stations, humanitarian convoys and even Syrian troops who lead the fight against ISIS near Deir ez-Zor, are hit.”

SOT, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson (Russian): “For a long time the command of the Russian Aerospace Forces at the Hmeymim airbase maintain working contacts with the command of the international coalition’s aviation. During exchanges, American colleagues, in order to avoid incidents in the air, as a rule inform us of the plans of their flights in Syria. But regarding the flight of Belgian aircraft on October 18, there was no notification on their part.”

“Russia has effective air defense means to maintain round the clock monitoring of the air situation over almost entire Syria.

Besides us, Syrian air defense systems that have been restored over the past year control the airspace.

Not to be unfounded, today we will present information about the flight route and the actions of the Belgian Air Force and US Air Force aircraft in Syrian airspace on October 18,” Konashenkov said.

The Russian Defense Ministry vowed to present detailed information about the operation of Belgian F-16 jets over Syria to Belgian authorities. The Belgian defense minister is either purposefully misleading the international community or the Belgian Defense Ministry jointly with the United States is deceiving the country’s authorities, Konashenkov said.

“Either Steven Vandeput is purposefully misleading the Belgian and the international community, or his subordinates jointly with their US colleagues are deceiving the authorities of the Kingdom of Belgium”.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that two aircraft that took off from an airfield in Jordan belonged to the Belgian Air Force. “The aircraft that took off from Salti [Al-Azraq] airbase in Jordan have been immediately identified to be F-16, and their affiliation was established as that of the Belgian Air Force.”

He specified that Russia registered the takeoff of the jets from Jordan at 01:34 a.m. based on its unique characteristics. At 02:37 a.m. the Belgian jets entered the Syrian airspace. At 03:10 a.m. the F-16 flew 80 km north-east of Raqqa. Afterward, the ministry spokesman said the F-16s patrolled the vicinity of Azaz.

“At 03:55 a.m. local time the jets carried out a strike on the Kurdish village of Hassajek in the Aleppo province. As a result of the bombing, two houses were destroyed, six people killed and four wounded in various degrees of severity,” Konashenkov added.

At 07:25 a.m. the Belhian F-16 jets left Syrian airspace. “I repeat one more time, these are facts based on data of means of objective control.”

He emphasized that this the US-led coalition bombs civilians.

“This is not the first time the US-led coalition carries out strikes on civilians, while completely denying being guilty for it.”

“Weddings, funerals, hospitals, police stations, convoys, and even Syrian troops who fight against Daesh terrorists in Deir ez-Zor have been struck.”

The US side did not notify Russia of the flight of Belgian aircraft on October 18, when Hassajek village was bombed, Konashenkov said.

“During exchange of information to avoid air incidents, American colleagues usually inform us about planned flights over Syria. However, we have not received any notification about the Belgian jets’ flight on October 18,” Konashenkov said.

Russian and Syrian combat aircraft did not conduct sorties in the area, the general said.

The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation said it had received local reports of an airstrike by Belgian F-16 fighter jets on Kurdish positions in the village of Hassajek. Neither Russian, nor Syrian aircraft were in the area, while the Belgian defense minister dismissed claims of responsibility.


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