Russian raids in Syria may include war crimes: Amnesty

Destruction is seen in Idlib, northwestern Syria on December 21, 2015 following reported Russian air strikesAmnesty International said on Wednesday Russian air raids have killed hundreds of civilians in Syria, many in targeted strikes that could constitute war crimes, since beginning nearly three months ago. Some attacks “appear to have directly attacked civilians or civilian objects by striking residential areas with no evident military target and even medical facilities, resulting in deaths and injuries to civilians”, Amnesty Middle East and North Africa director Philip Luther said in a statement. The London-based rights group said there is “evidence suggesting that Russian authorities may have lied to cover up civilian damage to a mosque from one air strike and a field hospital in another”.

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