Syrian airforce bombs hospital in Idlib, civilian casualties reported

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Major hospital bombed in an airstrike in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. File photo

ARA News 

ALEPPO The Syrian regime’s airforce on Sunday bombed a hospital in the northwestern Idlib province, causing casualties among civilians, activists reported. 

At least 12 people were killed, including four children, and more than a dozen were injured when a Syrian airstrike hit a hospital in the rebel-held Meles town in the countryside of Idlib province.

“The strike caused a huge damage in the building,” local media activist Salah al-Hallo told ARA News in Idlib. “Local rescue teams are still searching for victims stranded under the rubble.” 

In the meantime, humanitarian groups called on the Assad regime to halt airstrikes on hospitals and other medical facilities.

“Targeting medical centres means purposively killing civilians. Hospitals are meant to provide medical treatment for people, especially those being injured during the ongoing fighting in the area,” Dr M. Munzir told ARA News.

“Most of the hospitals in Idlib are destroyed due to the war, and we’re forced to install makeshift hospitals in order to rescue as many patients as possible, this amid a sharp shortage of medical supplies,” he said. 

According to the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), July was the worst month for attacks on healthcare centers since the beginning of Syria’s five-year-old war.

“There were 43 attacks on healthcare facilities in Syria in July – more than one attack every day,” the SAMS said in a statement said.

Reporting by: Helin Saeed

Source: ARA News

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