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Airstrikes in north hit 2 hospitals, school

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2016 | 2:00 AM
A Turkish man helps a Syrian woman carrying a wounded Syrian girl to a hospital in Kilis, Turkey, yesterday.

BEIRUT, (AP):

Airstrikes hit two hospitals and a school in northern Syria, killing and wounding dozens of people yesterday, according to opposition activists, who said, the strikes were carried out by Russian warplanes supporting a major advance by government troops.

An airstrike in the province of Idlib destroyed a makeshift clinic supported by the international aid group, Doctors Without Borders. While in the neighbouring Aleppo province, a missile struck a children's hospital in the town of Azaz, killing at least five people and wounding dozens. A third air raid hit a school in a nearby village, killing seven and wounding others.

Doctors Without Borders, also known by its French acronym MSF, said in a statement that the hospital in the town of Maaret al-Numan was hit four times in at least two attacks that were minutes apart. It said at least seven people were killed and at least eight others were "missing, presumed dead."

"This appears to be a deliberate attack on a health structure, and we condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms," said Massimiliano Rebaudengo, MSF's mission chief. "The destruction of the hospital leaves the local population of around 40,000 people without access to medical services in an active zone of conflict."