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More than 60 civilians were killed and 200 injured in the US-led coalition airstrikes on residential areas of Mosul in the past three days, according to Russia’s Defence Ministry briefing given on Tuesday 25/10/2016.

According to the Russian military, among the civilian objects hit by US-led coalition airstrikes was a school for girls in southern Mosul, which was attacked last Friday.

Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi, Head, Main Operational Directorate, General Staff, Russian Armed Forces (Russian): “Once again I want to go back to the issue of alleged unselected airstrikes by Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria. An example of this is the information, reported by the EuroNews news channel on October 2 that blamed us for an airstrike on the Sakhour Hospital in the east of Aleppo. At the same time it was reported that as a result of the strike ‘the walls, infrastructure and equipment were destroyed’. According to the report, ‘at least seven missiles fired from planes and helicopters hit the hospital’.”

Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi, Head, Main Operational Directorate, General Staff, Russian Armed Forces (Russian): “Here you see the Sakhour Hospital. On another photo taken on October 11, that is after it was allegedly hit, no differences in the state of this object were observed. This fact indicates that the charges against Russian Aerospace Forces about unselected strikes made by some eyewitnesses are in fact fake.”

Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi, Head, Main Operational Directorate, General Staff, Russian Armed Forces (Russian): “We are closely watching the situation around Mosul. So far, we see no major success in the coalition’s operation to liberate this city from Islamic State terrorists. At the same time there are numerous facts of the US-led coalition’s air strikes against residential quarters, schools and other civil infrastructure buildings both in Mosul and in other settlements in the Iraq’s Nineveh governorate. During the past three days more than 60 civilians, including children, became victims of these air strikes. More than 200 people were wounded.”

Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi (Russian): “A United States Air Force plane delivered an airstrike on the Al-Hajj Yunus school for girls in southern Mosul on October 21. On the following day, air strikes hit living quarters in the settlements of Qaraqosh 20 kilometers east of Mosul and Hazna 15 kilometers east of Mosul.”

Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi (Russian): “In addition, the ISIS militants continue to flee from the territory in Iraq to Syria. According to information we have, about 300 militants have already arrived in the city of Deir ez-Zor from Mosul. The Russian Aerospace Forces are monitoring the situation in the area of the Syrian-Iraqi border day and night with the help of unmanned aerial vehicles and other reconnaissance means. Russian planes are on patrol missions in the airspace and are ready to immediately deliver strikes against terrorists.”
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Smoke rises after an U.S. airstrike, while the Iraqi army pushes into Topzawa village during the operation against Islamic State militants near Bashiqa, near Mosul, Iraq October 24, 2016. © Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters

There were numerous attacks of the US-led coalition targeting residential areas, schools, and other civilian objects both in Mosul and in other parts of the Iraqi Nineveh Governorate, Gen. Sergey Rudskoy, head of Operations in the Russian General Staff, told journalists on Tuesday.

We are closely monitoring the situation around Mosul. So far we see no substantial progress in liberating this city from the terrorists of ISIS,” he added, referring to the terrorist organization Islamic State by its former name.


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Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross reiterated its call not to target civilians and civilian infrastructure in Mosul. The aid organization earlier warned that the offensive may force hundreds of thousands of refugees to flee the city, overstretching Iraq’s already-challenged ability to shelter them.

The general described the situation around the Iraqi city on the sidelines of a report about Russia’s action in Syria, where Moscow and Damascus continue a pause in the offensive in Aleppo, which is divided between the Syrian Army and various armed groups, including the terrorist organization Al-Nusra Front.


Rudskoy said that Russia has not conducted sorties over and around Aleppo since last Tuesday and intends to continue holding off the warplanes. Fighting on the ground in the city resumed on Sunday, after a three-day unilateral ceasefire was derailed by insurgents, who prevented civilians from fleeing the battered city.

Iraq’s Mosul is being besieged by a ragtag coalition of uneasy allies, which includes Iraqi government forces, Shiite militias, Kurdish troops, and the Turkish Army. The US-led coalition is providing air support for the operation, which was launched a week ago.

IS fighters have since launched a number of raids on their opponents’ communications, distracting the attacking forces from Mosul. No fighting inside the city has been reported yet, although several neighborhoods were seized during the offensive.


US Air Force Jet Struck Girls’ School in Iraq’s Mosul


A US warplane hit a girls’ school in the south of the Iraqi city of Mosul on October 21, the Russian General Staff’s chief said Tuesday.
“On October 21, a US Air Force plane carried out an airstrike against a girls’ school in the southern part of the city of Mosul”, Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said.
More than 60 civilians died and 200 were wounded because of the US-led coalition’s airstrikes on residential areas in Mosul and its outskirts in the last three days, he said.
“There is an ample evidence of the US-led coalition’s airstrikes on residential areas, schools and other civilian infrastructure in Mosul and other inhabited localities in the Nineveh province. Over 60 people, including children, died as a result of these actions over the last three days. More than 200 were wounded”…>>>…

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