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16 February, 2016

Another MSF hospital bombed this time in Syria

War Crimes

A hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in northwestern Syria was flattened by airstrikes on Monday, killing at least nine people, including a child, according to reports Monday.

The hospital was situated in the town of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib province, which has been a target for airstrikes over the past week.

A spokesman for the Syria Civil Defense in Idlib confirmed that the hospital was hit, but said four people were killed.

"At least four people have been killed while several others have been injured. We expect the death toll to rise. There are doctors and MSF staff missing," Radi said, without stating his full name.

Local reports suggest at least 13 people were wounded in the strikes and rescue workers are currently trying to free several people stuck in the hospital’s rubble.

"Extreme damage has been caused to the hospital. Six floors have been almost reduced to rubble. This hospital is located in an area previously surrounded by restaurants and has no rebel strongholds. It has been functioning for over a year now," Radi said.

MSF condemned the attack in a report released on Monday.

"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 Head of Mission. "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."

MSF said the hospital was hit by four missiles in two separate attacks that were in a few minutes of each other.

The hospital had 54 staff and 30 beds and financed by the medical charity.

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