Baby hospi­tal hit

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BEIRUT: A Syr­ian ma­ter­nity hospi­tal in a rebel-held area of Idlib prov­ince was ex­ten­sively dam­aged af­ter a di­rect hit.

The Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights, which mon­i­tors vi­o­lence in Syria’s five-year-old con­flict, said air strikes hit the hospi­tal and also a civil de­fence build­ing.

The num­ber of ca­su­al­ties was not im­me­di­ately known, a spokesman for in­ter­na­tional char­ity Save the Children, which sup­ports the hospi­tal, said.

The hospi­tal in Kafer Takha­reem, the only ma­ter­nity fa­cil­ity for about 110km works with about 1 300 women and children a month.

It de­liv­ered some 340 ba­bies last month, the spokesman said.

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