Syria accuses US coalition of bombing MSF hospital

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Syrian envoy to UN accuses 'US alliance' of bombing MSF-supported hospital
At least eleven people were reportedly killed in a deadly airstrike on the MSF-supported hospital in northern Syria. 
[PHOTO: MSF/Handout Image] 
New York City: Syrian ambassador to the United Nations has accused US-led coalition of bombing MSF-supported hospital in the country's northern province of Idlib, in which at least eleven people were reportedly killed.

Speaking to reporters outside the UN Security Council, Bashar al Jaafari claimed his country has "credible information that the so-called US alliance struck the hospital."

The hospital was supported by the Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) - an international medical humanitarian organisation.

Jaafari stressed that there is a hostile campaign within the media to "accuse and defame" his government and its allies, in reference to Russia.

He also said, "the hospital was installed without any prior consultation with the Syrian government."

Jaafair claimed that "MSF assumed the full consequences of its act because it did not consult with the Syrian government," adding in "they did not operate with the government permission."

As per the MSF media release, the hospital was hit by four missiles in two attacks within a few minutes of each other on Monday. 

Denouncing the strikes on health structures, MSF called Idlib "the latest incident in a horrific string of attacks that targeted hospitals in Syria."

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. - (With major inputs from UNifeed)
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