Official representative of Russian defense Ministry major General Igor Konashenkov
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The aircraft of the international coalition airstrike on funeral procession in Iraq, killing dozens of people, according to the defense Ministry. The Department believes that a peaceful procession was mistaken for a gathering of militants
Russian defense Ministry announced that aircraft of the international coalition attacked a funeral procession in Iraq. In particular, this statement was made on Saturday the official representative of Russian defense Ministry major General Igor Konashenkov.
According to him, the air strike was recorded by Russian intelligence. “On 21 October, the Russian reconnaissance recorded an air strike a couple of planes on the settlement Dacuk, located 30 km South of Kirkuk, where, according to our information, the militants IGIL (“Islamic state” banned terrorist group. — RBC) is not” — quoted Konashenkov TASS.
From eyewitness accounts, said the representative of the Ministry of defense, coalition aircraft took to be a gathering of militants of the funeral procession. In the result of air strikes killed dozens of Iraqi civilians, including women and children, the statement said Konashenkov.
The representative office noted that “such deadly attacks on peaceful settlements” have all the hallmarks of war crimes and “be for aircraft of the international coalition almost daily routine”. “Too often under the strikes of the coalition aircraft are weddings, funerals, hospitals, police stations and convoys”, – said Konashenkov.
In early October, an airstrike on a funeral procession in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, has killed more than 140 people, more than 500 people were injured. The government accused the Huthis in the attack on the procession of the coalition led by Saudi Arabia. In command Military-air forces of the coalition denied any involvement in the incident.
Later bi-Bi-si with reference to sources close to the British government, reported that the authorities in Saudi Arabia have privately acknowledgedthat one of the aircraft headed by Riyadh coalition took part in the strikes on funeral ceremony in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. Was there a strike at a funeral ceremony an independent decision of the pilot or he received orders from the superior command, it is not clear, said the interlocutors.