December 23, 2015 19:01
Amnesty International report about civilian casualties in Syria "fake" - Russian Defense Ministry (Part 2)
MOSCOW. Dec 23 (Interfax-AVN) - Allegations by Amnesty International, a human rights organization, that Russian air strikes in Syria killed civilians, contain false information, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov has said.
"We have familiarized ourselves with this report. Yet again, nothing concrete, nothing new was published. Same cliches and fakes that we exposed repeatedly before!" the general said at a briefing on Wednesday.
"Expressions such as 'suspected Russian air attacks' and 'may have violated international law' are being used all the time," Konashenkov said.
"In other words, it is all assumptions and no evidence. It is very interesting that all these reservations somehow vanished from the many western media publications of this Amnesty International report. But, everything is being presented to the broad public as a given. The technique is not new and quite efficient, but totally deceitful," the general said.
Amnesty International "confidently claims that there were no military targets and no militants in the areas where the suspected Russian air attacks were carried out," Konashenkov said. "But they could not know it, nor could they verify it. What is known is that Jihadists operate in Syria as highly-mobile forces which used the infamous Toyota pickup trucks with mounted large-caliber weapons," Konashenkov said.
"Already in its preface the report says that all facts stated therein were examined by Amnesty International remotely, obtaining information during telephone polls of local so-called human rights activists," he said.
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