61 Killed in Airstrike on Hospital in Aleppo, Syria Includes 14 Doctors Without Borders Staff

A human rights group says 61 people were killed in an airstrike that hit a hospital in Syria, killing one of the last remaining pediatricians in Aleppo.

The volunteer Civil Defense agency, also known as the White Helmets, said the al-Quds hospital and adjacent buildings were struck in four consecutive airstrikes. “White Helmets” said there were still victims buried under the rubble and that the rescue work continued.

The last pediatrician in the city of Aleppo was reported to be among the killed in the airstrike.

A Syrian military source told Reuters Thursday that government warplanes had not been used in areas where the airstrikes occurred.

Since April 19, 2016, nearly 200 people have died, including at least 44 killed during an airstrike on a marketplace in rebel-held area in northern Idlib province, as well as dozens of civilians in government-held areas from rebel shelling.

The February 27 ceasefire has been disintegrating in the past weeks as casualty figures from violence rise, especially in Aleppo and across northern Syria. Airstrikes earlier this week also targeted a training center for the Syrian Civil Defense, leaving five of its team dead in rural Aleppo.

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