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Syria: Armed Conflict

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 47538, tabled on 7 October 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government has access to radar data covering Kafar Takhareen in Idlib governorate on 29 July 2016 that might identify the type and origin and identity of aircraft present when a Save the Children supported maternity hospital was attacked.

Answered on

17 October 2016

I am withholding the information as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

However, indiscriminate attacks which fail to distinguish between civilians and legitimate military targets would be a violation of International Humanitarian Law and we welcome the UN's recent decision to establish an Internal Board of Inquiry into the attack on a UN aid convoy on 19 September.