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Belgian Military Says Russian Data on Warplanes in Syrian Airstrike 'Incorrect'

© AP Photo / Geert Vanden WijngaertTwo Belgian F-16 fighter jets. (File)
Two Belgian F-16 fighter jets. (File) - Sputnik International
The Belgian Defense Ministry said that the provided ID numbers of the aircraft, involved in an alleged deadly airstrike on a village near Syria's Aleppo, did not belong to Belgian warplanes.

Two Belgian F-16 fighter jets. (File) - Sputnik International
Belgian PM Says Air Force Not Involved in Strikes on Syrian Village Near Aleppo
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — The Belgian Defense Ministry confirmed on Thursday receiving data from Moscow about an alleged deadly airstrike on a village near Syria's Aleppo but said the provided ID numbers of the aircraft did not belong to Belgian warplanes.

"The identification numbers "friend-or-foe" (IFF) placed on the map, which, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, belong to the Belgian warplanes, are incorrect and in no way refer to the aircraft in service with the Belgian air force," the ministry said in a statement.

Earlier on Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry released the detailed information about the airstrike on Hassajek, which had resulted in destruction of two houses and deaths of six people.

According to Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, the aircraft that took off from Al-Azraq air base in Jordan have been immediately identified to be F-16, and their affiliation was established as that of the Belgian Air Force.

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