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Syria: Armed Conflict

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 47702, tabled on 10 October 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government has access to radar data covering Aleppo on 17 August 2016 that might identify the type, origin and identity of aircraft present for the air attack on the Qaterji neighbourhood on that day.

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.