Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Russian Plane Crash in Syria Kills 39 Servicemen

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Russian Plane Crash in Syria Kills 39 Servicemen

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BEIRUT * A Russian military cargo plane crashed near an air base in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 39 Russian servicemen on board in a blow to Russian operations in Syria. The Russian military insisted the plane was not shot down and blamed the crash on a technical error.

Meanwhile, shelling near the rebel-held eastern suburbs of Damascus killed dozens of people over the past 24 hours as President Bashar Assad's government, supported by the Russian military, pushed its assault on the capital's rebel-held suburbs. International aid workers on a rare humanitarian mission inside the besieged area described dramatic scenes of rescuers trying to pull corpses from the rubble of buildings and children who hadn't seen daylight in 15 days.

The mission on Monday to the area known as eastern Ghouta was cut short after the government shelling escalated while the aid workers were still inside.

Opposition activists said 80 people were killed Monday the deadliest day since the U. …

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