Air strikes hit MSF-backed hospital in Syria, 9 dead

By AFP
Published: February 15, 2016
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Russian Defence Ministry images from November 2015 show a Russian fighter plane dropping a cruise missile during an airstrike in Syria. PHOTO: AFP

Russian Defence Ministry images from November 2015 show a Russian fighter plane dropping a cruise missile during an airstrike in Syria. PHOTO: AFP

BEIRUT: Suspected Russian air strikes hit a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Syria on Monday, killing nine people including a child, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“A building that housed a hospital supported by MSF was destroyed on Monday by aircraft, presumably Russian,” near Maaret al-Numan, said the British-based monitor.

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The raids also left dozens wounded, said the Observatory, which relies on a network of sources on the ground.

An MSF spokesperson confirmed that a hospital supported by the aid group was struck in Maaret al-Numan, about 280 kilometres (170 miles) north of Damascus, but was unable to give a death toll.

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The organisation supports around 150 hospitals in Syria.

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