Russian army says not aware of people killed in Syria's Deir al-Zor - RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's defence ministry has no information about people being killed in an attack by international coalition forces in Syria's province of Deir al-Zor, spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday, RIA news agency reported.

Konashenkov said Russian forces sent drones to check the area.

(This story has been corrected to remove reference to earlier air strikes on March 9 in last paragraph)

(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Vladimir Soldatkin)