April 4, 2017 / 12:02 PM / in 7 months

Russia says did not carry out air strikes on Syria's Idlib - RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian planes did not carry out air strikes in the Syrian province of Idlib, RIA news agency quoted Russia’s Defence Ministry as saying on Tuesday.

A civil defence member breathes through an oxygen mask, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

“Russian military aircraft carried out no air strikes near Khan Sheikhoun in the Idlib province,” RIA quoted the ministry as saying.

A suspected gas attack, believed to be by Syrian government jets, killed at least 58 people in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday, a war monitoring group and medical workers said.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; writing by Maria Kiselyova

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