Two-day-old baby among dead as doctors blame Syrian Govt for hospital airstrikes

A two-day-old baby is among the dead after four makeshift hospitals were hit by air raids in Syria this weekend.

The strikes on the battered city of Aleppo have struck over the last 24 hours and also hit a local blood bank according to doctors.

The Independent Doctor's Association says a children's hospital is among those targeted in a series of strikes over the last 24 hours.

They also said the four hospitals in Eastern Aleppo are out of service.

The Syrian Government is believed to be behind the airstrikes.

The Independent Doctor's Association released a statement saying: "They are going out of service as a result of the escalating series of aerial attacks taking place against health facilities in Aleppo by Syrian and Russian warplanes that are rendering several hospitals dysfunctional and leaving their medical personnel stretched to a new limit.

"The Children’s Hospital run by IDA in Aleppo, the last specialised pediatrics center in Aleppo, was struck twice in less than 12 hours at 4:30pm on July 23rd and then in the middle of the night at 1:00am. The doctors could only yell for their colleagues to take cover and shield the babies."

The Head Nurse at the hospital said: "The situation is so bad. The hospital is greatly damaged and this is not the first time. We are really tired."

She was cradling the newborn who was killed during the second attack after his oxygen supply was cut.

The statement continued: "Intentional attacks on health facilities have reached a level where hospitals are spaces that put thousands of lives at risk as the rules of war upholding the protection of health facilities are repeatedly violated and left unaccounted for.

"In May 2016, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2286 strongly condemning attacks against medical facilities and personnel in conflict situations and demanding an end to impunity against perpetrators.

"Two months later, we look to this resolution as only meaningful if put into practice."

They announced that five facilities will be out of service, "until the international community is serious about taking responsibility to guarantee civilian protection and medical impartiality".

    The five facilities are:

  • The Children’s Hospital
  • Al Zahraa Hospital
  • Al Daqaq Hospital
  • Al Bayan Hospital
  • The Central Blood Bank

Dr Naser, one of the four paediatricians working in the Children’s Hospital, said: "The Syrian regime realises that killing a doctor means a huge defeat. It tries to eliminate and destroy medical services.

"A short time ago, it targeted Al Quds, Al Zarzour and Al Bayan hospitals – and now, all the medical services in our area including the Children’s Hospital."

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