Russia’s air campaign in Syria has killed at least 200 civilians in Homs, Idlib and Aleppo provinces. The airstrikes have destroyed homes and hospitals, some reports state there were no fighters or military targets nearby when the strikes happened.
Amnesty International also stated that some reports include evidence suggesting that Russian authorities may have lied to cover up civilian damage to a mosque from one air strike and a field hospital in another. Amnesty also documents evidence suggesting Russia’s use of internationally banned cluster munitions and of unguided bombs in populated residential areas.
“Some Russian air strikes appear to have directly attacked civilians or civilian objects by striking residential areas with no evident military target and even medical facilities, resulting in deaths and injuries to civilians.” stated Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International
The Russian authorities have maintained that Russian forces are only striking “terrorist” targets. Amnesty International state that after some attacks, they have responded to reports of civilian deaths, by denying they killed civilians; after others, they have simply stayed silent.