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Russian defense ministry says situation in Mosul is nothing like in Aleppo

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 3:20
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Russian defense ministry says situation in Mosul is nothing like in Aleppo

The USAF led-coalition has conducted 21 air strikes on Iraq’s Mosul people and its suburbs in the past day alone whereas neither Russian nor Syrian warplanes have been used in Syria’s Aleppo for more than two weeks, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Tuesday.

“Mosul is being bombed daily from B-52H American strategic bombers, F/A-18 bombers based on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier and from Rafaele M base on the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. In the past day alone, the coalition warplanes flied 25 sorties and delivered 21 air strikes on the city and its suburbs,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Russian and Syrian warplanes “have performed no flights in Aleppo for more than two weeks,” he stressed.

Mosul vs Aleppo

The situation in Iraqi Mosul differs from that in Syrian Aleppo in the absence of humanitarian corridors, journalists, volunteers and activists, Konashenkov told reporters commenting on a statement by US Department of State’s spokesperson John Kirby, who earlier said the situations in Aleppo and Mosul are “radically different” from each other.

Konashenkov said representatives of the UN, Red Crescent and other international organizations, as well as journalists work in Aleppo. Besides, the city has six humanitarian corridors, Konashenkov said, adding that civilians cannot use them as they are mined and shelled by gunmen.

“In Mosul, by a strange coincidence, there are no journalists, activists or volunteers in ‘helmets’ of ‘white’ or any other rainbow shade. Nobody. That is why, all what American and European TV channels can afford to broadcast is cheerful censored reports about extraordinary successes of the coalition and future great victory over terrorists, not substantiated by factual footage,” he said.


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