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30 April, 2016

At least 50 people killed in overnight airstrike on Aleppo hospital

War Crimes

Air strikes hit a hospital in a rebel-held area of Syria’s Aleppo and killed at least 27 people, including three children and the city’s last paediatrician, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday.

A new wave of aerial bombing on Thursday on rebel-held districts of the city killed at least 30 more civilians, a rescue worker said. The Observatory put the toll at least 20.

In government-held areas, rebel mortar shelling killed at least 14 people, the Britain-based Observatory and Syria’s state news agency SANA reported.

The bombed Al Quds hospital was supported by international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which said it was destroyed after being hit by a direct air strike that killed at least three doctors.

Bebars Mishal of the Civil Defence in Aleppo told Reuters that 40 people had been killed in a five-storey building next to the hospital.

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The death toll at a hospital hit by airstrikes in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo rose to at least 50 people, including six medics, the French charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Friday. The al-Quds hospital, in a rebel-held part of the divided city, was struck overnight Wednesday-Thursday, Reuters reported.

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