Russia has denied claims it committed war crimes in hospital bombings
Up to 50 people were killed in a series of missile attacks on at least four hospitals and a school in Syria. (AFP/File)
Russia has said that it denies any accusations of war crimes over the bombings of four hospitals in Syria on Monday. At least four hospitals and a school were struck in a series of missile attacks which killed up to 50 people in rebel-held areas of the country, according to reports. Turkey, among others, accused Russia of war crimes in the wake of the strikes.
In response to the accusations, Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, said “those who make such statements are not capable of backing them up with proof.”
The UN said that “intentionally directing attacks” would be considered a war crime, according to the BBC.
Two hospitals in Azaz, near Turkey, were struck alongside a school on Monday. One was a hospital especially for mothers and babies. Reports suggest that 34 people were killed in those attacks.
Two more hospitals—one of which was supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF)—were hit in Idlib province, with at least 12 people being reported killed. Four missiles hit the MSF hospital over the course of 90 minutes in what the group called “direct targeting.”
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