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In field - Misinformation

Did Russia Recently Target Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Base in Idlib’s Countryside?

  Wednesday 23rd October 2019

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Al-Aan TV have reported that Russian airstrikes have targeted a base of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Idlib’s countryside, adding that there were reports on killing two commanders of HTS by the air raid. The news report included a video that shows the moment when the building was bombed; the video does not have any indications that the building was used for military purposes.

Verify-Sy platform reporter in Idlib’s countryside denied that the bombing have targeted a building of HTS, explaining that the airstrike has targeted a farm in the outskirts of the Taftanaz Military Airbase; Ahmad Mohammad Haj Kaddour and his wife Nour al-Huda Ebrahim al-Sha’ar, who lived in the building, were killed by the air raid, and three of their children were injured.

Following the airstrike, Verify-Sy platform obtained special videos of the building from the inside and the outside that clarify that it is a residential unit that was not used for military purposes. Besides, we obtained a video recorded in July 23, taken by media activist Ammar Sutaif, which shows that the attacked place is a farm that contains solar panels used in extracting water.

Before the airstrike

After the airstrike

The Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, posted a video of the attack on the building. Also, a Facebook page called “Tansikiet Madinet Bennish” (Bennish City Coordination) mourned the victims of the bombing.

Last September, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR) reported that the Russian forces have killed 6,686 Syrian civilians, including 1928 children, since the beginning of the start of Russia’s military intervention in Syria in September 30, 2015.