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Russia releases footage of airstrike believed to have killed Syrian civilians

(CNTV)    08:30, November 28, 2017

Syrian activists say an airstrike on a village held by ISIL killed at least 25 people, all of them civilians.

Deir Ezzor 24 activist group blamed Russian warplanes for the strike on Sunday on the village of Shaafa in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour.

The village is near the town of Boukamal, which Syrian troops and their allies captured this month. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights gave a higher death toll, saying 53 people were killed, including 21 children.

The Russian Defense Ministry said six Tu-22M3 long-range bombers scrambled from Russia and carried out an airstrike on "terrorists' objects" in Deir el-Zour on Sunday. On the same day, it released footage of the airstrike.

It was not possible to verify whether the airstrike was the same Syrian activists were referring to.

Syria's violence hasn't abated ahead of the resumption of UN peace talks in Geneva on Tuesday.  

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