Russia on Friday carried out a series of airstrikes targeting a parking lot with oil tankers allegedly belonging to the Islamic State in northern Syria.
Russia’s Defence Ministry released a footage showing oil tank trucks going up in flames within seconds of bombing raids. Almost two thousand oil tankers have been destroyed since the beginning of the Russian operation in Syria, according to reports by the Russia Defence Ministry.
Meanwhile, Russia’s bombing of Syria has attracted widespread condemnation from the global community with Amnesty International saying their bombing raids may amount to a war crime because of the number of civilians its strikes have killed.
“Russian airstrikes in Syria have killed hundreds of civilians and caused massive destruction in residential areas, striking homes, a mosque and a busy market, as well as medical facilities, in…attacks that show evidence of violations of international humanitarian law,” Amnesty said in a new report.
Russia started its campaign of airstrikes against militants in Syria on Sept. 30, saying it wanted to help the Kremlin’s main Middle East ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, defeat Islamic State and other militant groups.
It has repeatedly and forcefully denied targeting civilians, saying it takes great care to avoid bombing residential areas.