February 15, 2016

RED LINE: “23 dead as missiles hit three hospitals, school in Syrian towns

The report is more gruesome than the headline makes it sound:

Fourteen people were killed in the town of Azaz near the Turkish border when missiles slammed into a school sheltering families fleeing the offensive and the children’s hospital, two residents and a medic said.

Bombs also hit another refugee shelter south of the town and a convoy of trucks, another resident said.

“We have been moving scores of screaming children from the hospital,” said medic Juma Rahal. At least two children were killed and scores of people injured, he said.

Activists posted video online purporting to show the damaged hospital. Three crying babies lay in incubators in a ward littered with broken medical equipment. Reuters could not independently verify the video.

In a separate incident, missiles hit another hospital in the town of Marat Numan in Idlib province, in north western Syria, said the French president of the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) charity, which was supporting the hospital.

“There were at least seven deaths among the personnel and the patients, and at least eight MSF personnel have disappeared, and we don’t know if they are alive,” Mego Terzian told Reuters.

“The author of the strike is clearly … either the government or Russia,” he said, adding that it was not the first time MSF facilities in Syria had been attacked.

Meanwhile, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev claims that the West is rekindling the Cold War — a propaganda push left unanswered by our White House or State Department.

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