Belgian PM Says Air Force Not Involved in Strikes on Syrian Village Near Aleppo
19:04 20.10.2016(updated 19:06 20.10.2016)
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel confirmed Thursday that the country's Air Force was not involved in the airstrike on a Syrian village of Hassajek near Aleppo.
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation said Tuesday it had received local reports of an airstrike by Belgian F-16 fighter jets on Kurdish positions in the village of Hassajek. Neither Russian, nor Syrian aircraft were in the area, while the Belgian defense minister dismissed claims of responsibility.
"I confirm the recent words by the minister of foreign affairs. According to the information provided by the Defense Ministry, we are not involved in this incident. Of course, the parliament will have an opportunity to receive the information in the coming hours and days about the role, which the Defense Ministry plays in this region," Michel told reporters.
Earlier in the day, the Russian Defense Ministry released detailed information about the airstrike on Hassajek, which had resulted in destruction of two houses and deaths of six people. According to Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, the aircraft that took off from Al-Azraq airbase in Jordan have been immediately identified to be F-16 of the Belgian Air Force.
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