Saturday, April 22, 2017

Airstrikes Hit Rebel-Controlled Hospital in Syria; Slam Idlib Province Near Recent Chemical Attack

Activists monitoring Syria's long-running civil war said today (April 22, 2017) that airstrikes had seriously damaged an underground medical center in Idlib province, just a few miles from the site of a deadly chemical attack that sparked international outrage and a U.S. cruise missile retaliation earlier this month, according to the VOA News website.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said airstrikes targeted a cave that housed the rebel-controlled Abdin medical facility, killing at least one person and wounding more than a dozen others.

Witnesses said it was unclear whether Syrian warplanes or those from Syrian ally Russia had targeted the facility.

The medical charity Physicians for Human Rights said more than 400 airstrikes tied to Russian or Syrian government warplanes bombed more than 300 separate medical facilities between 2011 and the end of 2016. Nearly 800 medical workers were killed as a result of the airstrikes.

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