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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on the bombing of a Syrian school in Idlib, as well as possible US’ deliveries of hardware to Syrian terrorist gangs during her weekly press conference.



As many as 22 children and six teachers were killed in an attack on a school compound in the Syrian city of Idlib, which may amount to a war crime if it were deliberate, Anthony Lake, the executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said.

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Zakharova said that over 20 school children
have been killed in a village in Syria’s Idlib province

The foreign ministry spokeswoman said that international media “launched an attack” on Russia by claiming that Moscow and Damascus are behind the bombing without presenting evidence. She added that media outlets site anonymous sources, while blaming Moscow for the attack.

“A number of international media outlets, including Independent and al-Jazeera, have immediately carried out an information attack on Russia, and accused Russia, Russian Aerospace Forces, Syrian Armed Forces, saying that the bombing was conducted by Russia and Syria,” Zakharova said.

She emphasized that Russia has nothing to do with the attack on the school in Idlib, adding that the Russian Defense Ministry is set to comment on the issue after examining radar data.

“Russia has nothing to do with this horrible tragedy, this attack. This terrible tragedy requires immediate attention of all international institutions to its investigation,” Zakharova said.

Moscow calls on international organizations to join the investigation into the attack, Zakharova said.

US-Led Coalition’s Actions in Syria

Zakharova cited a report by Amnesty International, accusing the US-led coalition of civilian casualties in Syria as result of bombing. The US-led coalition’s actions in Syria destabilize the situation in Syria and violate international law, the ministry’s spokeswoman said.

“We are still very concerned over the development of the situation in that country, instability amid actions of Daesh, al-Nusra Front terrorist groups and other similar groups. We are disappointed over the fact that actions of the coalition headed by the United States, the so-called anti-Daesh coalition on the Syrian territory become more and more of a destabilizing factor and make the difficult military-political and humanitarian situation in the country even worse,” Zakharova said.

She added that “these forces [the US-led coalition] are still conducting their operations without the approval of the Syrian government, violating the sovereignty of the country and norms of the international law.”

Moscow pledged to present a report in the United Nations Security Council on Russia’s implementation of agreements with the US on Syria and on Washington’s failure to abide by them to avoid speculations on the issue.

Possible US’ Deliveries of Hardware to Syrian Rebels

She commented on reports that the US is considering to deliver hardware to Syrian opposition. Zakharova said that Russia hopes common sense will prevail when Washington makes decision on the issue as this “may lead to unpredictable results.”

“We hope that common sense will prevail over adventurous approach which can lead ti unpredictable military and political results in the American leadership. We will continue to monitor Washington’s real actions when the fate of whole nations is being played with to satisfy geopolitical ambitions,” Zakharova said.

If the US delivers weapons to Syrian rebels, they will end in jihadists’ hands, Zakharova said. “Hardware that the CIA may deliver to the so-called moderates, will soon end up in hands of jihadists.”

She said that militants in Aleppo received US-made weapons.

“Deliveries of anti-tank complexes and man-portable air defense systems made in the United States have been recorded. Jihadists in Aleppo continue to receive weapons and ammunition,” she said.


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Russia Registered U.S. Attack Drone
in Area Where Idlib School Was Attacked

Russian reconnaissance means have registered a US attack drone in the area where a school in Syrua’s Idlib had been bombed, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday. A U.S.’ MQ-1B Predator drone has been seen in the area, the ministry’s spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

No Russian aircraft entered the area over the Syrian Idlib, where the alleged strike took place, he added.

Moreover, Russian UAVs have not registered any signs of the destruction of the school’s roof or shell craters, Maj. Gen. Konashenkov said.

A Russian drone has been sent to the area Thursday morning, he added.

“According to a photo made by a Russian UAV, the school’s roof is not damaged and there are no bomb craters in the area near the school. Similar imformation may be requested from our American colleagues. Russian reconnaissance means registered a US’ MQ-1B Predator attack drone.”

Video footage published in media showing the alleged strike on the Idlib school have been fabricated, the ministry added.

“Video footage published by a number of foreign media outlets of an alleged strike on the residential area of Hass [in Idlib] consists of more than 10 pieces pasted together, being shot at different times of the day.”

Moreover, Konashenkov added that the school’s fence has not been damaged at all, while if an aerial bomb exploded, “the fence and all the walls of the buildings would have been destroyed and damaged by shrapnel, while the furniture would have been swept away by the shock wave.”

According to the spokesman, the photo published by the AFP agency showed that the nature and the extent of the damage sustained by the school were not similar to the destruction caused by airstrikes.

Earlier in the day, the executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Anthony Lake said that as many as 22 children and six teachers were killed in an attack on a school in Idlib.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova condemned the attack on a school in Syria’s Idlib and called for an investigation into the bombing.

She also said that international media “launched an attack” on Russia by claiming that Moscow and Damascus are behind the bombing without presenting evidence.

The UNICEF has fallen victim to another hoax by the White Helmets NGO, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman added.

“Before making statements, UNISEF officials should check the sources of its information,” he said, adding that such a respected organization shiuld not undermine its reputation.


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School in Syria’s Idlib province not hit by airstrike,
drone photos show – Russian Defense Ministry

The Russian Defense Ministry says that it dispatched a drone to analyze the site of Wednesday’s alleged bombing of a school in Idlib, Syria. The ministry says that the aircraft spotted no evidence of airstrikes, and accused the White Helmets of faking digital images of the attack.

“On Thursday, a Russian UAV was directed to the area, to conduct detailed digital photography,” said a statement from Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov.

“As can be seen from the photos taken by the drone, there are no signs of damage to the roof of the school, or craters from airstrikes around it.”

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“We have analyzed the photo and video ‘evidence’ of the supposed attack. The video published in a range of Western media outlets appears to consist of more than 10 different shots, filmed at different times of the day, and in different resolutions that were edited into a single clip,” continued Konashenkov.

“The photograph published by AFP shows that only one wall of the school is damaged, and all the desks inside the classroom are in place. The outer fence seen through the hole has no traces of damage from bomb fragments. In a genuine airstrike this is physically impossible – the furniture would have been swept away by the blast wave, and there would have been damage marks on the classroom wall and the outer fence.”

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The Moscow official said that the findings of the Russian drone could be verified by the American side, as during its photo mission, a US MQ-1B Predator UAV was in the same area.

Konashenkov also added that it is an “indisputable fact” that no Russian Air Force plane was present in the airspace in the vicinity of the school on the morning of the supposed attack.

The attack was first reported by the controversial two-man, London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Civil Defense Network, also known as the White Helmets,  which claimed that 22 children and six teachers died in an aerial assault on Wednesday morning.

Later the same day, Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, called the incident a “tragedy”and an “outrage,” and said that “if deliberate” it amounted to a “war crime.”

“Our evidence points to UNICEF falling victim to another scam from the White Helmet fraudsters. Before making resonant statements, UNICEF should check its sources more carefully, to protect the reputation of the respected organization,” continued Konashenkov.

The White Helmets is a Western-funded volunteer civil defense body that operates in Syria. Its official mission is to offer first aid to victims of bombings, but Syrian and Russian authorities have accused the White Helmets of spreading anti-government propaganda, and of close ties with Islamist rebels.


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France and U.S.A. accused Russia and Assad of bombing

(Anotao) ~ Despite an absence of independent verification of Wednesday’s incident, several leading Western powers were quick to pin the blame on Moscow or Damascus.

Russia not involved in attack on Idlib school, Syria – Foreign Ministry Russia not involved in attack on Idlib school, Syria – Foreign Ministry

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“We don’t know yet that it was the Assad regime or the Russians that carried out the air strike, but we know it was one of the two,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said during a press briefing in Washington on Thursday.

“Even if it was the Assad regime that carried it out, the Assad regime is only in a position to carry out those kind of attacks because they are supported by the Russian government.”

“Who is responsible? In any case it is not the opposition because you need planes to launch bombs. It’s either the Syrians – the regime of Assad – or the Russians,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told the media in Paris.

“It’s yet another demonstration of the horror of this war, which is a war against the Syrian people, which we cannot accept.”

In recent weeks, both France and the US have leveled the accusations of war crimes against Bashar Assad and the Russian military, particularly in relation to events in Aleppo, where a multi-faction battle continues to rage.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was “appalled” by the reported incident and called for “an immediate and impartial investigation of all attacks against civilians,” his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, as cited by Reuters.

Before Thursday’s revelations from the Russian Defense Ministry, Russian officials have also publicly supported a full inquiry into the school attack, while denying any responsibility.


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