Syria: Six civilians killed, 11 injured after regime targets hospital in northwestern city of Atareb

Syria: Six civilians killed, 11 injured after regime targets hospital in northwestern city of Atareb

Additionally on Sunday, artillery fireplace killed two civilians within the regime-held metropolis of Aleppo, exterior the insurgent bastion, state information company SANA reported

Syria: Six civilians killed, 11 injured after regime targets hospital in northwestern town of Atareb

Members of the Syrian civil defence attempt to put out a number of vans and freight automobiles on fireplace within the aftermath of air strikes at a depot close to the Bab al-Hawa border crossing between Syria and Turkey in Syria’s rebel-held northwestern Idlib province. AFP

Atareb: Syrian regime artillery fireplace killed six civilians together with a toddler when it hit a hospital within the final main insurgent bastion of Idlib on Sunday, a warfare monitor stated.

The assault within the northwestern city of Atareb got here regardless of a Russian-Turkish ceasefire since March 2020 supposed to guard the broader jihadist-held stronghold.

It “hit the courtyard and essential entrance of the hospital inside a cave,” killing six civilians together with a toddler and a hospital worker, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated. Eleven others had been wounded, together with healthcare workers.

Additionally on Sunday, artillery fireplace killed two civilians within the regime-held metropolis of Aleppo, exterior the insurgent bastion, state information company SANA stated.

The Idlib area is dwelling to 2.9 million individuals, of whom two-thirds have been displaced from their properties by battle, the United Nations says.

The area on the border with Turkey is managed by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, which is led by members of Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate, however a number of insurgent teams are additionally current.

The ceasefire brokered by insurgent backer Turkey and regime ally Russia final March stemmed a months-long regime army offensive on the bastion that killed lots of of civilians and displaced greater than 1,000,000 individuals.

It has since largely held regardless of repeated violations together with Russian airstrikes on the area, in keeping with the Observatory.

On Sunday afternoon, Russian airstrikes hit a gasoline manufacturing unit close to the city of Sarmada close to the Turkish border, the warfare monitor stated.

‘Alarming’

Senior UN humanitarian official Mark Cutts described Sunday’s assault on the cave hospital as “alarming”, whereas the Worldwide Rescue Committee additionally condemned it.

“Well being amenities are protected underneath worldwide legislation and ought to be protected havens in instances of disaster,” stated Rehana Zawar, IRC director for northwest Syria.

Medical amenities have been hit a number of instances within the Idlib area in the course of the warfare.

Between 2016 and 2019, the World Well being Group documented as much as 337 assaults on healthcare websites in Syria’s northwest.

The civil warfare has killed greater than 388,000 individuals and displaced hundreds of thousands at dwelling and overseas since beginning in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

Seventy p.c of healthcare staff have fled Syria because the begin of the battle, whereas after years of bombardment solely 58 p.c of hospitals stay totally practical, the UN says.

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