The recent bombing of the Al Quds hospital in eastern Aleppo has brought further destruction in already embattled Syria. As much as 27 people have been reported killed, including children and medical personnel. The hospital provided both obstetric and pediatric care as well as other facilities.
The bombing happened during a round of nighttime airstrikes conducted by some Syrian warplanes in Aleppo. People here fear these strikes more than anything. “There is no neighbourhood of the city that hasn’t been hit. People are living on the edge, says Valter Gros, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Syria.
Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the attack, saying it ” follows the Assad regime’s appalling record of striking such facilities and first responders.” Furthermore, Kerry also stressed that Russia now has an “urgent responsibility to press the regime to fulfill its commitments under UNSCR 2254,” which states that the regime should “stop attacking civilians, medical facilities, and first responders.” According to a report from Fox News, however, an official from the Syrian opposition is claiming that Russia may have actually participated in the said strike.
The al-Quds hospital is a “known medical facility” that is supported by both Doctors Without Borders and the International Committee of the Red Cross. According to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), at least two doctors were killed in the bombing. Other reports, however, have raised the death toll of doctors to 14. Muskilda Zancaa, the MSF head of mission in Syria said Al Quds was a “vital hospital in Aleppo,” it served as the “main referral centre for paediatric care in the area.” The hospital also featured an emergency room, outpatients department, inpatients department, intensive care unit and an operating theatre. Eight doctors and 28 nurses worked here full time.
Meanwhile, Associated Press reports that airstrikes and artillery killed even more people during the night of the hospital bombing. This resulted in a death toll of at more than 60 people in Aleppo in the past 24 hours.
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