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Russia Dismisses Reports of Airstrike Against Marketplace in Syria

TEHRAN The Russia's Defense Ministry dismissed reports that the Russian air task force's aircraft have allegedly delivered an air strike against a marketplace in Syria.

"The statements by the anonymous representatives of the UK- and US-funded White Helmets organization that the Russian air task force's aircraft have allegedly delivered a strike against a marketplace in the town of Maaret al-Numan (the province of Idlib) are a fake news story," the defense ministry stressed, according to TASS.

"The Russian air task force's aviation did not accomplish any missions in that area of the Syrian Arab Republic," the defense ministry said.

Some Western media outlets earlier reported that Russian combat planes had allegedly delivered a strike against a civilian marketplace in Syria. In particular, the French TV channel France 24 alleged that the Russian air task force's strike against a vegetable marketplace in Northwest Syria had killed 19 people, including 16 civilians. The TV channel also claimed that at least 45 people were wounded in the air raid.

Source: Fars News Agency