After hospital, now Aleppo clinic hit by air strike

Syria's divided second city faced another "deliberate strike" taking the civilian death toll in this week’s violence past 200

Aleppo: An air strike hit a clinic in a rebel-held district of Aleppo yesterday, the civil defence said, the second time this week a medical facility in Syria's second city has been hit. The strike on the Al-Marja neighbourhood wounded several people, including at least one nurse, the civil defence, known as the White Helmets, said. The clinic had been providing dental services and treatment for chronic illnesses for about five years.

Syrian men carry a body on a stretcher amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following an air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Al-Qatarji in Aleppo. Pic/AFP
Syrian men carry a body on a stretcher amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following an air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Al-Qatarji in Aleppo. Pic/AFP

Earlier this week, 30 people were killed — including two doctors — when air strikes hit the Al-Quds hospital and a nearby block of flats in the rebel-held Sukkari neighbourhood. The attack on the hospital, which is supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), has been roundly condemned by world leaders, including US Secretary of State John Kerry who said it appeared to be a "deliberate strike."

More than 200 civilians have been killed in Aleppo over the past week, as rebels have pounded government-held neighbourhoods with rocket and artillery fire and the regime has hit rebel areas with air raids. On Friday, air strikes on rebel-held districts killed two civilians, one of them a child, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

'Inexcusable' attacks
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the bombing at the hospital and said attacks that target civilians are "inexcusable" violations of humanitarian law. "There must be an accountability for these crimes," Ban said in a statement yesterday.

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