HASS (Syria), Air strikes by Syrian ally

Russia on Sunday forced the closure of two hospitals and also damaged a third one in the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib, a war monitor said.

It came as eight civilians were killed in bombardment by the government and Russia across the northwestern province, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Idlib and other adjacent territories of Syria held by rebels have faced

intensifying bombardment in the past month.

On Sunday, air strikes hit a hospital in Kafranbel and another located

underground on the outskirts of Hass.

The raids were blamed on Russia by the Observatory.

The hospital in Kafranbel is out of order. The patients were transferred

to other facilities in the region, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said, adding one civilian was killed.

In Hass, air strikes blamed on Russia halted services at an underground

hospital, said Syria Relief and Development, a non-governmental organisation that runs the facility.

The hospital is out of order because of the raids, said Ubaida

Dandush, who works for the NGO.

The facility had been evacuated shortly before the bombardments, he said,

thanks to alerts from a warning system set up to analyse the flight paths of

warplanes.

The Observatory said the facility had been put out of service because of

bombing by Russian aircraft.

It said a third hospital in the north of Hama province had also been hit by

Russian strikes, but added that it had not been able to verify the extent of

the damage.

The war monitor says it determines whose planes carried out strikes

according to type, location, flight patterns and munitions.

On Sunday, the official news agency SANA reported the death of a civilian

in a rocket attack by terrorist groups on a government-held town near Idlib province.

A military source cited by SANA accused terrorist organisations in Idlib

of planning attacks against government areas and army positions.

Idlib is under the administrative control of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS),

which is dominated by a faction previously known as the Al-Nusra Front,

before it renounced ties to Al-Qaeda.

Late last month the United Nations condemned attacks in northwestern Syria that damaged a medical centre and put two hospitals out of service.

Russia and rebel-backer Turkey in September inked a buffer zone deal to

prevent a massive regime offensive on the Idlib region, near the Turkish

border.

But the region of some three million people has come under increasing

bombardment since HTS took full control of it in January.

The civil war in Syria has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced

millions since it began with the bloody repression of anti-government

protests in 2011.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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HASS (Syria), Air strikes by Syrian allyRussia on Sunday forced the closure of two hospitals and also damaged a third one in the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib, a war monitor said.It came as eight civilians were killed in bombardment by the government and Russia across the northwestern province,...