The Russian Defense Ministry says Thursday’s attack on a refugee camp near Aleppo could have been carried out by Al-Nusra militants.
According to the Russian MoD, the damage pattern suggests rocket artillery use. The air control data show no sorties in the area at the time.
“Considering the fracture pattern, seen in the pictures and videos taken at the site, the camp could have been shelled, either intentionally or by mistake, by rocket artillery, which is in active use in the area by militants from the terror group Al-Nusra Front,” Major-General Igor Konashenkov, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, said on Friday.
Konashenkov noted that photographs and video footage from the devastated camp available online depict that “there are no airstrike shell craters or other signs of an airstrike.”
“We have analyzed airspace objective control data for the area as of May 4 and 5, 2016. There were no flights of Russian or any other aircraft over the camp area,” he added.
There was no information to support the claims that the Syrian government forces carried out the attack.