Air strikes hit MSF-backed hospital in Syria

Nine people confirmed dead as a result of suspected Russian air strikes on a hospital in the northern province of Idlib

Air strikes hit MSF-backed hospital in Syria

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least 14 people were killed on Monday when Russian warplanes struck two hospitals in Syria’s northwestern city of Idlib, according to a local source.

One of the airstrikes, which struck a hospital funded by Geneva-based medical charity Doctors without Borders (MSF), killed 11 people and injured 25, a local civil defense source said.

According to the same source, the four-story hospital was completely destroyed by the airstrike.

"This appears to have been a deliberate attack on local health infrastructure," MSF Head of Mission Massimiliano Rebaudengo said. "We condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms."

He added: "The destruction of the hospital leaves the local population of some 40,000 people without access to medical services in an active conflict zone."

According to the local Civil Defense source, Russian warplanes also struck a second hospital in Idlib, killing three people and injuring 10.

Rescue workers, the source said, were still searching for survivors under the rubble of destroyed buildings.

Earlier Monday, Russian warplanes also struck a children’s hospital in the opposition-held city of Azaz in Syria’s northwestern Aleppo province near the Turkish border.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Şubat 2016, 17:13