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Four medics killed in another airstrike in Syria

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring said 13 people were killed, including four paramedics and nine fighters belonging to the Islamist Fatah al-Sham Front.

File photo of the Saif Al Dawla district in Aleppo.
File photo of the Saif Al Dawla district in Aleppo.
Image: Manu Brabo/PA

FOUR MEDICS WERE killed and a nurse critically wounded after an airstrike hit a clinic in a village near Syria’s second city Aleppo late last night, according to an aid group.

The four staff of the Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organisations (UOSSM) were in two ambulances that had been called to the clinic to take some patients for more specialised treatment, the group said.

The clinic in the village of Khan Tuman was completely levelled in the 11pm (8pm Irish time) strike and more dead were feared to be buried under the rubble, the group added.

“The building has three floors, including a basement. Because of the intensity of the bombardment, the three storeys collapsed and are completely destroyed,” the groups’ hospitals and trauma director for the area, Ahmed Dbais, said in a statement.

We don’t yet know exactly how many dead there are.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group put the toll at 13 dead, among them four nurses and paramedics and nine rebel fighters, some of them belonging to the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front.

Khan Tuman is near Orum al-Kubrah, the town where an attack on aid trucks and a warehouse killed around 20 civilians on Monday, triggering a war of words between major powers after Washington accused Moscow of responsibility.

According to the World Heath Organization, Syria is the most dangerous country in the world for health professionals with 135 strikes on clinics and hospitals last year.

The head of UOSSM France, Dr Ziad Alissa, condemned the “unacceptable” attack on the group’s clinic and staff.

“Deliberately targeting humanitarian workers and medical professionals is a clear violation of international humanitarian law,” he said.

We appeal to the international community to act swiftly to put a stop to these atrocities. Too many lives have been lost.

The UOSSM is a medical aid group originally founded by Syrian expatriates but is now international.

- © AFP, 2016, with reporting from AP.

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