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Russia denies involvement in Aleppo attack that wounded boy

Published 19/08/2016

A child sits in an ambulance after being pulled out of a building in Aleppo, Syria (Aleppo Media Centre via AP)
A child sits in an ambulance after being pulled out of a building in Aleppo, Syria (Aleppo Media Centre via AP)

Russia has denied responsibility for an attack on a neighbourhood in the Syrian city of Aleppo which wounded a young boy whose rescue was filmed and shared widely on social media.

The image of the stunned five-year-old boy, sitting in an ambulance caked with dust and with blood on his face, captured the horror that has beset the war-torn city.

The Russian defence ministry said in a statement it never targets populated areas and that rebels themselves hit urban areas in order to derail humanitarian efforts there.

The ministry also said the footage of the boy's rescue showed windows in the house next door intact, indicating that the boy's house was not targeted by an air strike but was hit with a mine that rebels use.

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