Russia says coalition drone was in area when Syria aid convoy hit

(From AFP)

Russia on Wednesday said a Predator drone from the US-led coalition flew over an aid convoy in Syria when it was destroyed, denying again that it bombed the humanitarian column.

Damaged aid trucks are pictured after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town

Damaged aid trucks after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

“The evening of September 19 in the sky over that area at a height of 3,600 meters and moving at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour there was an attack drone from the international coalition that took off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey,” Russian military spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

“What is more, the aircraft entered the area over the town of Urum al-Kubra, where the convoy was located, several minutes before it (the convoy) burst into flames and left 30 minutes later,” he said.

Russia’s military did not directly accuse the US-led coalition of carrying out a drone attack on the column but pointedly said that the aircraft is capable of “carrying out high-accuracy strikes”. Read More

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