A child was among nine people killed when a hospital in northern Syria was hit in a suspected Russian airstrike, Sky News reports. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has said a clinic supported by the aid group was destroyed in the attack in Maaret al Numan, about 170 miles north of the capital Damascus.
Dozens were also wounded in the raid, which MSF said “deliberately” targeted the medical facility. The latest deadly attack comes after Russia said a limited ceasefire due to come into effect at the end of this week did not apply to its airstrikes, which have paved the way for major gains by the Syrian army.
Supported by Russian airpower, government troops have nearly encircled Aleppo, Syria’s second city. Speaking in the capital Damascus last week, Syrian President Bashar al Assad vowed to retake the entire country.
Meanwhile, in a separate raid, at least 14 people were killed in the rebel-held town of Azaz near the Turkish border, when missiles struck a number of targets including a children’s hospital and school. Turkey, which blamed Russia for this attack, has vowed not to let Azaz fall to Syrian Kurdish fighters.