According to the spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, Russian and Syrian radars can prove the fact that Belgian fighter jets struck the Syrian village of Hassajek in Aleppo province.
Russian and Syrian radars are able to prove the fact that Belgian fighter jets struck the Syrian village of Hassajek, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Details of the flight path of the Belgian Air Force fighter jets at the time of the deadly strike on a village, located near Aleppo in Syria, would be unveiled by the Russian Defense Ministry, spokesman for the Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov said on October 20.
“Russia has effective air defense means to maintain round the clock monitoring of the air situation over almost entire Syria. Besides us, Syrian air defense systems that have been restored over the past year control the airspace. Not to be unfounded, today we will present information about the flight route and the actions of the Belgian Air Force and US Air Force aircraft in Syrian airspace on October 18,” Konashenkov said.
According to Konashenkov, Belgian Defense Minister Steven Vandeput either is specifically misleading the international community, or the country’s authorities are being deceived by the US and the Belgian Defense Ministry. The Russian Defense Ministry has promised to present detailed information about the operation of Belgian F-16s in the Syrian air to the Belgian government.
“Either Steven Vandeput is purposefully misleading the Belgian and the international community, or his subordinates jointly with their US colleagues are deceiving the authorities of the Kingdom of Belgium,” the spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry added.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Belgian Air Force is an owner of the two fighter jets, took off from an airfield in Jordan.
“The aircraft that took off from Salti [Al-Azraq] airbase in Jordan have been immediately identified to be F-16, and their affiliation was established as that of the Belgian Air Force,” Konashenkov noted.
He also specified that the Belgian jets took off from Jordan at 01:34 am and entered the Syrian airspace at 02:37 am. As the ministry spokesman pointed out, the F-16s flew 80 km north-east of Raqqa at 03:10 am and then patrolled the vicinity of Azaz. At 03:55 am the Belgian F-16 fighter jets carried out an airstrike on the village and then left Syrian airspace at 07:25 am.
“At 03:55 am local time the jets carried out a strike on the Kurdish village of Hassajek in Aleppo province. As a result of the bombing, two houses were destroyed, six people killed and four wounded in various degrees of severity,” the spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry added. “I repeat one more time, these are facts based on data of means of objective control.”
Konashenkov stressed the fact that civilians are bombed by the US-led coalition.
“This is not the first time the US-led coalition carries out strikes on civilians, while completely denying being guilty for it,” he said. “Weddings, funerals, hospitals, police stations, convoys, and even Syrian troops who fight against Islamic State [IS] terrorists in Deir ez-Zor have been struck.”
The spokesman for the Ministry also noted that Russia was not notified by the US about the flight of the coalition’s fighter jets on October 18, when they bombed the village of Hassajek.
“During exchange of information to avoid air incidents, American colleagues usually inform us about planned flights over Syria. However, we have not received any notification about the Belgian jets’ flight on October 18,” Konashenkov said.
He also added that sorties in the area were not conducted by the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Air Force.
Local reports about the airstrike by the Belgian F-16s on positions of Kurds in Hassajek village had been received by the Russian centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in Syria. The Belgian Defense Minister has dismissed claims of responsibility, while neither Russian, nor Syrian fighter jets were in the area.