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Russia air strikes shut down 2 hospitals in Aleppo

February 18, 2020 at 10:48 am

An interior view of the damaged field hospital is seen after airstrike in Aleppo on November 14 2016. [Ahmed Hasan Ubeyd/Anadolu]

Two hospitals went out of service in the countryside of Aleppo in Syria on Monday, due to a Russian airstrike.

The Syrian opposition aircraft observatory reported that Russian planes launched raids on the cities of Kafr Nabl in the Idlib Governorate and Darat Izza, the villages of Bsanqul, Mseibin, Al-Arbaeen, Al-Rami, Takad and Hass, and the town of Atarib.

Anadolu Agency revealed, according to information obtained from the Syria Civil Defence (the White Helmets), that Russian fighters targeted El-Fardous and Kenana hospitals in Darat Izza.

The Syria Civil Defence confirmed that the Russian raids resulted in shutting down both hospitals and the injury of a guard.

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The Syrian opposition expects an increase in the pace of Russian bombing in Darat Izza, in the event that the Syrian regime forces advance in the area, in order to cut the road linking the city of Afrin, in Aleppo and Idlib.

In September 2018, Turkey and Russia reached an agreement to establish a demilitarised zone in Idlib, prohibiting hostilities there.

Since this date, more than 1,800 civilians have been killed in attacks by the Syrian regime and Russian forces, in violation of both the ceasefire agreement in 2018 and another agreement that came into force on 12 January.

More than 1.7 million Syrians have been displaced to areas close to the Turkish border, in order to escape intense attacks over the past year.