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Kremlin Dismisses Claims of Using Toxic Gas Bombs at Mi-8 Downing Site in Syria

Sputnik News

12:57 02.08.2016(updated 12:58 02.08.2016)

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed on Tuesday accusations of toxic gas dropped in the Syrian province where a Russian helicopter was downed the previous day as an unfounded information attack.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia's Mi-8 transport helicopter was shot down in the northwestern province of Idlib on Monday while returning from a humanitarian mission in Aleppo. All three crew members and two reconciliation center officers on board perished in the attack classified by the Russian General Staff as a terrorist act.

Media reports alleged late Monday that dozens in the Idlib city of Saraqib suffered from toxic gas allegedly dropped after the Mi-8 helicopter was shot down.

"In this case, we do not have information on how the operation is conducted. Moreover, it is very difficult to react to such information attacks, it is not always clear on what sources they are based on," Peskov told reporters.


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