Russia dismisses US accusations of alleged hospital bombing in Syria

Moscow, Nov 19 (IANS) The Russian Defence Ministry on Friday criticised the US for accusations of alleged hospital bombing in Syria by Russian and Syrian government forces, saying that the airstrikes only exist in “imagination.”

The US State Department spokesman John Kirby told a briefing on Wednesday that Russia and the Syrian government had bombed “five hospitals and at least one mobile clinic in Syria,” citing unsourced “reports of these things”.

Denying the accusations, Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov responded on Friday that Russia has repeatedly asked for detailed information about the alleged strikes, which Washington has so far failed to provide, Xinhua news agency reported.

“It has become absolutely clear to everyone that the accusations exist only in John Kirby’s imagination,” Konashenkov was quoted as saying.

According to Russian Defense Ministry, the country’s air force has not launched airstrikes against any targets in Aleppo in the last 30 days.