MSF clinic in Syria hit by airstrike, at least ten people killed

Published February 15th, 2016 - 10:50 GMT
A file photo of one of the many improvised field hospitals in Syria. (AFP/File)
A file photo of one of the many improvised field hospitals in Syria. (AFP/File)

AP reports that a spokesperson for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) confirmed that a clinic supported by the organization was hit and demolished by an airstrike in the Idlib province in northern Syria. 

An anonymous aid worker said at least one patient was killed and nine Syria staff members were missing and presumed dead.

AFP further reports that dozens of people were wounded and the clinic is completely destroyed. 

The clinic was located in Marat al-Numan in the northern Idlib province. MSF's twitter confirms this and the organization is pursuing an investigation of events. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the hospital was struck by at least four rockets. 

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the aircraft is thought the be Russian. Russian airstrikes have increased in northern Syria over the past few weeks, hitting multiple civilian targets.

"A building that housed a hospital supported by MSF was destroyed on Monday by aircraft, presumably Russian," said the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in a statement shortly after the attack.

MSF supports about 150 hospitals and clinics throughout Syria. In December, an MSF hospital was barrel-bombed in the Homs province, killing seven.

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