Air strike hits Hospital in Syria as UN warns talks unravelling
April 28, Damascus: At least 20 people have been killed in a Syrian government air strike on a hospital in the city of Aleppo on Wednesday. The United Nations has warned that a delicate ceasefire was crumbling.
The attack on the Al Quds hospital killed several medical staff and other civilians, including Dr Wasem Maaz, one of the last remaining pediatricians in the rebel-held part of the city.
Rescue workers were pulling bodies and survivors from the rubble of the building in the Sukkary neighbourhood into the evening and witnesses said the number of dead was likely to rise, Al Jazeera reported.
The attack was the latest in an intensification of government assaults on the city, with at least 100 civilians killed in air strikes, shelling and rocket fire since Friday.
"In the last 48 hours, we have had an average of one Syrian killed every 25 minutes,one Syrian wounded every 13 minutes," the UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said, warning that peace talks were almost out of steam.
In Aleppo alone, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented the deaths of at least 107 civilians, including 20 children and 13 women, between last Friday and Wednesday as violence between government forces and opposition groups escalated.
On Tuesday, at least 35 people - including eight children - were killed in Aleppo in fighting between government forces and rebels, a monitoring group said.
The Oslo Times