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Russian planes transport Iranian weapons to Syria

Fox News has reported that Russian planes have transported Iranian weapons to Syria to support the regime, while Washington believes that the Russian aircraft hit a hospital during air strikes in the area.

The American news station also quoted Western intelligence sources as saying that over the past ten days Russia has helped transport weapons from Iran to Syria twice a day.

Fox News also stated that Russian cargo planes carrying the weapons were spotted earlier this month on the tarmac at the Russian airbase in Latakia, a Syrian port city.

According to the news station, the coordination of the weapons transfer is being led by Qassem Soulimeini, the head of the Iranian Al-Quds Force (which is part of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard), and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.

It also reported the death of a large number of Iranian officers and soldiers in Syria, despite the fact that the Iranian authorities deny the presence of soldiers on the ground.

The US department of State said yesterday that the US has evidence that lead American officials to believe that a Russian army plane hit a hospital in Syria during an airstrike.

Since the beginning of the Russian airstrikes on 30 September, many media reports and civil groups have accused Russian planes of hitting Syrian hospitals during strikes.

When asked if Washington had any evidence of the Russian airstrike hitting Syrian hospitals, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that they have information that leads them to believe that Russian military aircraft hit a hospital.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there had been 595 deaths since the beginning of the Russian airstrikes, 185 of whom were civilians, including 48 children and 46 women.

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