Regime air strikes hit Syria hospital, kill seven civilians

JISR AL-SHUGHUR, Syria (AFP) – Regime air strikes on an opposition bastion in northwestern Syria yesterday killed seven civilians including children and knocked a hospital out of service, a monitor and a doctor said.

The raids are the latest in an uptick in government and Russian bombardment since late April on the extremist-administered region of Idlib despite a months-old truce deal.

Regime air strikes killed seven civilians including three children in the town of Jisr al-Shughur, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of sources inside the country.

Three civilians died after the hospital was hit, while four were killed elsewhere in the town, said Observatory Head Rami Abdel Rahman.

Rescue workers known as the White Helmets said missiles targetted the hospital and residential neighbourhoods in Jisr al-Shughur. A doctor there said the health facility had been knocked out of service after the generators were hit, and the wounded had been transferred

to another hospital for treat-ment.

“We have no more generators to operate the hospital. It’s the only one for Jisr al-Shughur and neighbouring villages,” Bassam al-Khattab told AFP.

An AFP correspondent saw three destroyed generators and a damaged ambulance covered in debris.