Four medics killed in strike on clinic near Aleppo: NGO
FOUR medics were killed and a nurse critically wounded when an air strike hit a clinic in a village near Syria’s second city Aleppo yesterday, the aid group that supports it said.
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 strike and more dead were feared to be buried under the rubble.
“The building has three floors. Because of the intensity of the bombardment, the three storeys collapsed and are completely destroyed,” said the groups’ trauma director for the area, Ahmed Dbais.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said that nine members of the Army of Conquest rebel alliance who were working in the clinic were also killed.
The alliance groups Islamist rebels with former al-Qaeda affiliate the Fateh al-Sham Front and Moscow has repeatedly demanded that it be disbanded to allow intensified air strikes against the jihadist faction.
Khan Tuman is near Orum alKubrah, the town where an attack on aid trucks and a warehouse killed around 20 civilians on September 19, 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. –