Bomb­ings in Syria’s Aleppo hit hos­pi­tal; 7 die in airstrike

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEIRUT: In­ten­sive bomb­ings pum­meled Syria’s rebel-held east­ern neigh­bor­hoods of the city of Aleppo on Fri­day, res­i­dents and res­cuers said, hit­ting an area hous­ing sev­eral hospi­tals and send­ing the chief of a pe­di­atrics clinic in a fran­tic search for a place to move his young pa­tients.

Ear­lier Fri­day, airstrikes on a vil­lage in the ru­ral Aleppo province killed seven mem­bers of the same fam­ily, in­clud­ing four chil­dren, op­po­si­tion ac­tivists said. The at­tacks mark the fourth day of re­newed as­sault by Syr­ian gov­ern­ment war­planes on east­ern Aleppo dis­tricts, a rebel-held en­clave of 275,000 peo­ple. The on­slaught be­gan with a Rus­sian an­nounce­ment of its own of­fen­sive on the north­ern re­bel­con­trolled Idlib province and the cen­tral Homs province.

So far, more than 100 peo­ple have been killed across north­ern Syria since Tues­day.

A physi­cian who iden­ti­fied him­self as Dr. Hatem, the head of the only pe­di­atric hos­pi­tal re­main­ing in be­sieged re­bel­held part of Aleppo, said his fa­cil­ity has been tar­geted once more on Fri­day, caus­ing da­m­ages to its ex­te­rior. The hos­pi­tal was also hit dur­ing a wave of airstrikes on the com­plex hous­ing four hospi­tals on Wed­nes­day. “Now it is be­ing bombed ... I am sorry ... I have to go to trans­fer the chil­dren” to a safe area, he said in a text mes­sage. He uses his first name fear­ing for his fam­ily’s safety.

Another Aleppo hos­pi­tal in a dif­fer­ent neigh­bor­hood also came un­der in­tense bomb­ing late Thurs­day, he said, though no one was wounded. Many hospi­tals and clin­ics in the be­sieged area have moved their op­er­a­tions un­der­ground af­ter months of re­lent­less bomb­ings and airstrikes.—AP

ALEPPO: This im­age re­leased by Thiqa News Agency shows smoke ris­ing and fires still burn­ing af­ter airstrikes hit the Al-Shaar neigh­bor­hood yes­ter­day.—AP

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