As a result of air strikes of Russian aviation in the North of Syria destroyed the hospital, work which is supported by “Doctors without borders” reported Associated Press with reference to the representative of the organization. According to the representative, the “Doctors without borders” there is no information yet on casualties or damage caused to the hospital, which is located in the town of Maaret al-Numan.
According to an unofficial source AP in the organization, killed at least one patient, nine are still missing.
A UK-based Syrian center for monitoring the observance of human rights claims that the strike on field hospital allegedly inflicted on Russian planes based in Syria. According to the center, the building is destroyed, killing and wounding “dozens” of people.
The Russian government and military have repeatedly stated that the aim of the airstrikes in Syria become purely terrorist purposes. The foreign Ministry and the defense Ministry demanded evidence of repeated earlier allegations of civilian casualties and allegations of attacks on hospitals, which also sounded and earlier.
In particular, last week, 10 February, the representative of the Pentagon in Baghdad Steven Warren said that the bombing of Russian aircraft were destroyed two hospitals in Aleppo. As a result, according to him, medical care lost about 50 thousand people. The representatives of “Doctors without borders” also stated that the airstrike was inflicted on the hospital in the southern city of Daraa, resulting in were killed three and injured six people.
The next day the representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov refuted the statement of the Pentagon about the impact on the hospital and accused of strikes on Aleppo, the U.S. air force. Konashenkov also stressed that the United States has submitted neither the time nor the coordinates of the hospitals that allegedly were targeted by a Russian military aircraft. “Russian planes near the city of Aleppo yesterday didn’t work, he said. — The immediate objective was more than 20 km from the city.”
Warren called the accusations of the Ministry of defense “fabrication”. The press attache of the U.S. Embassy in Russia will Stephen said that Russia’s accusations “completely wrong”, noting that no U.S. planes, or planes of the coalition against ISIL (the organization was prohibited in the Russian Federation) did not commit attacks in Aleppo or near the 10th of February.
In early February, government troops launched an offensive in Aleppo province in Northern Syria. The army of Bashar al-Assad managed to capture the city Baden and Retian, closer to 25 km to the border with Turkey, as well as to cut an important artery. In her opposition to the regime of Bashar al-Assad “Free Syrian army” and its supporting organization “Frente al-Nusra” (banned in Russia) received weapons and ammunition. On 9 February the UN warned that the situation in Aleppo may cause cut off from food supplies and humanitarian aid can be up to 300 thousand people.
The offensive of Syrian troops with the support of Russian aviation has also sparked criticism from Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Russian President Vladimir Putin, “in fact, an occupier.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that “not only shocked, but appalled” by the suffering of the civilian population of Syria, caused the onset of the Syrian army. The statement of the Turkish President in the Kremlin described as absurd. The President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the statements of Merkel, called for carefully and responsibly to give the interpretation of “fragile” the situation in Syria.
On 12 February, the participants of the International support group Syria have reached an agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Syria. It is expected that it will be implemented during the week and will not apply to the terrorist group ISIL and “Frente al-Nusra”.