Over 20 civilians were killed in an air strike carried out by the US Air Force’s B-52 bomber on the Syrian province of Idlib on January 3, according to Russian Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov.
Gerasimov said that the US-led coalition fails to achieve “any meaningful results,” adding that “at the same time, significant numbers of victims among the civilian population and government forces were reported.”
“As we remember, in September last year, the US aviation carried out an attack in the Deir-ez-Zor targeting government forces. After this attack, Islamic State started its advance,” RIA Novosti quoted Gerasimov as saying. “The latest example of this is the January 3 airstrike, when a B-52 bomber – without warning the Russian side – hit a target in the town of Sarmada, Idlib Province, which is covered by the cessation of hostilities agreement. Over 20 civilians died as a result of the airstrike.”