Airstrike On Syrian Hospital Killed 27: Report

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Aleppo: An airstrike that hit a hospital in Syria killed 27 people, including children and one of the last few pediatricians in Aleppo, rights groups said.

Al Quds field hospital was hit by a missile from a fighter jet Wednesday, witnesses said. It’s unclear whom the fighter jet belonged to.

Fatalities in the attack included three children and three doctors, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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The hospital was supported by Doctors Without Borders, which uses its French acronym, Médecins Sans Frontières. The hospital was “well known locally,” the charity group said. It’s not clear what type of support the facility received from MSF. The group condemned the attack.

In recent months, northern Syria has been the scene of intense fighting, with government forces backed by Russian air pursuing a major offensive in Aleppo.

In February, CNN visited Aleppo and found a city under siege. Shelling pounded the key battleground daily, an unrelenting and terrifying reminder of the nation’s five-year civil war.

The same month, President Bashar al-Assad’s regime had cut off access to the main road from Aleppo to the Turkish border, hampering movement of rebels fighting his government and aid agencies trying to bring supplies to the city.

Syria’s conflict started in 2011 and has raged on for years, with more than 250,000 killed, according to the United Nations.

It started as an anti-government protest as Syrians nationwide demanded reform and the release of political protesters.

Government forces fired on the protesters, killing scores. As the government crackdown intensified, the opposition got more organized.