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Air strikes hit Syria hospital backed by Doctors Without Borders, killing nine

(London Post)   Suspected Russian air strikes have hit a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders in Syria, killing nine people. Reports suggest that the bombing was carried out by Russian aircrafts.

People gather at the reported scene of the hospital bombing

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitor organization based in the UK, said that a building that housed a hospital supported by MSF was “destroyed by aircraft, presumably Russian.”

The Observatory, which relies on a network of sources on the ground, said that dozens were also left wounded. The attack reportedly took place near Maaret al-Numan, about 280 kilometres (170 miles) north of Damascus in the Idlib province of northern Syria.

The hospital reportedly has 54 staff and holds 30 beds. MSF supports around 150 hospitals in Syria and has reported that civilians had been targeted during air raids, including using chemical attacks.

MSF condemns attack

An MSF spokesman confirmed that a hospital supported by the aid group had “deliberately” been struck by as many as four missiles. The organization was unable to confirm the death toll.

“This is a deliberate attack against a health establishment,” said Massimiliano Rebaudengo, MSF head of mission.

“The destruction of this hospital deprives about 40,000 people of healthcare in this conflict zone.”

Russian warplanes have conducted air strikes in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s forces since 30 September.

ss/rc (AFP, Reuters, AP)

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