Syrian airforce bombs hospital in north: activists and video

BEIRUT Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:47am EDT

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian warplanes have bombed one of the main hospitals serving rebel-held territory in the north of the country, according to activists and video footage.

Eleven civilians, including two doctors, were killed in the strike against the hospital on Wednesday in the town of al-Bab, 19 miles (30km) northeast of Aleppo city, the opposition Aleppo Media Centre said on Thursday.

Video footage posted on YouTube showed the limp body of a young child being carried out of the hospital by a man. Another boy lies on the floor, blood on his head and dust covering his body.

In the video, dust fills the air. Rubble and smashed up air conditioning units lie on the floor.

The Aleppo Media Centre said that the emergency and radiology departments were destroyed in the attack.

Syrian jets have bombed civilian schools, hospitals and bakeries - illegitimate targets under the laws of war - during the 2-1/2-year conflict which started with pro-democracy protests against four decades of Assad family rule.

More than 100,000 people have been killed and divided world powers have been unable to halt the violence.

The government has not commented on the strike but state news agency SANA said on Thursday that the army had killed 14 "terrorists" - a term it uses for rebels - north of al-Bab in an operation on a militant convoy.

(Reporting by Oliver Holmes; editing by Ralph Boulton)

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Comments (2)
westernshame wrote:
wow, the anti Assad propaganda machine just keeps on pumping this stuff out. how are “activist” supposed to be a credible news source?

also to be noted, if this bombing was carried out by the US or NATO, it would be swept under the rug as “collateral damage” and a necessity of fighting the “war of terror”. weekly, if not almost daily, the US kills innocent civilians, women and children in drone strikes…..

where are the activists, news sources, YouTube videos, world outcry for for justice? why do their lives not matter? why do these crimes against humanity go unpunished?

Sep 12, 2013 8:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
westernshame wrote:
“More than 100,000 people have been killed and divided world powers have been unable to halt the violence.”

this statement is a little misleading. for well over a year now the Syrian government has said they will attend all proposed peace talks and negotiations, it’s the “rebels” and their terrorist allies who categorically refuse to attend.

so the Russian’s have been able to bring their ally to the table in search of an end to the violence but the US and west have not…. or are they even trying??

Sep 12, 2013 8:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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