January 26, 2016 / 10:30 AM / in 2 years

No proof Russian air strikes in Syria killed civilians: Lavrov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - No one has ever supplied proof that Russian air strikes in Syria caused civilian deaths or struck the wrong militant groups, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference on Tuesday.

Residents inspect a crater at a site hit by what activists said were three consecutive air strikes carried out by the Russian air force, the last which hit an ambulance, in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town in Idlib province, Syria January 12, 2016. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

He said the Russian military went to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties in Syria.

Reporting by Andrew Osborn and Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Maria Kiselyova

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