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Airstrike destroys MSF-supported clinic in northern Syria

 Syrian rebel fighters in Maaret al-Numan, Idlib province, in 2012. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty ImagesSyrian rebel fighters in Maaret al-Numan, Idlib province, in 2012. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

A makeshift clinic supported by Médecins Sans Frontières has been destroyed by an airstrike in northern Syria.

The charity said at least eight staff members are missing after the attack in the town of Maaret al-Numan, in Idlib province, about 170 miles north of Damascus.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the makeshift hospital was hit by a suspected Russian strike, and that nine people died. The raids also left dozens wounded, said SOHR, which relies on a network of sources on the ground.

Massimiliano Rebaudengo, MSF’s head of mission in Syria, said: “This appears to be a deliberate attack on a health structure, and we condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms.

“The destruction of the hospital leaves the local population of around 40,000 people without access to medical services in an active zone of conflict.”

The 30-bed hospital had 54 staff, two operating theatres, an outpatients department an emergency room, MSF said.

In a separate incident seven Russian missiles struck a hospital in the northern town of Azaz, a Turkish security official said.

Syrian troops have been on the offensive in northern Syria under the cover of Russian airstrikes. – theguardian –

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