Russian warning on US strikes in Syria

epa07381818 A general view showing smoke clouds rising following an alleged airstrike carried out by the international anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition in Baghouz town eastern Syria, on 19 February 2019. The UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet expressed concern for the 200 families trapped in Baghouz after the Islamic state (IS) group preventing civilians, among them women and children from leaving Baghouz town, while a military source of SDF announced that the evacuation of hundreds of civilians from the last enclave of Islamic State in Baghouz town have failed despite the entry of dozens of trucks to evacuate them. EPA-EFE/MURTAJA LATEEF

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The Russian military said on Sunday that the United States had carried out air strikes in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone in breach of previous agreements, inflicting numerous casualties and endangering a ceasefire, Russian news agencies reported.

TASS news agency, citing the Russian defence ministry, said the United States had forewarned neither Russia nor Turkey about the strikes. It added that Russian and Syrian warplanes had not carried out raids in the region recently.

Russia’s defence ministry said on Friday that Syrian government forces would carry out a unilateral ceasefire in the de-escalation zone in Idlib region on Saturday morning.

The US says it has carried out an attack on leaders of a group it calls al-Qaeda in Syria, in the country’s rebel-held Idlib province.

US Central Command said the operation had targeted those “responsible for attacks threatening US citizens, our partners and innocent civilians”.

No details were given but other reports say some 40 people died in a missile strike on a jihadist training camp.

It was hit just after Syrian government forces began a truce in Idlib.


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