Reports of Syria hospital strike fake â€“ Russia
â€œI want to deny all of this information,â€ said foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that 13 people including medical staff were killed in Russian air strikes Tuesday against a field hospital in the northwestern province of Idlib that was run by the Syrian-American Medical Society.
A staffer at the clinic confirmed to AFP that the facility was hit and that at least two employees were killed, but did not specify whether the strike was conducted by Russian planes.
Zakharova dismissed the widely circulated reports and dismissed the Observatory as lacking credibility.
â€œThese fakes are often published citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,â€ Zakharova said in a briefing in Moscow.
â€œItâ€™s very convenient to report on what is going on in Syria from London without going on the ground,â€ she said.
In a tirade against Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman, she said the group was set up by a British national whom she described as â€œthe owner of a fast food jointâ€ with â€œneither a journalism degree nor a legal educationâ€¦ not even a secondary educationâ€.
â€œOne might as well cite a waiter in a pizzeria,â€ she said, adding that Russia would â€œcontinue to examine these fakes with close scrutinyâ€.
Russia launched an air campaign in Syria on September 30. The West has criticised Moscow for focusing on moderate groups that oppose President Bashar al-Assad rather than on the jihadist Islamic State group.
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