Air strikes hit MSF-backed hospital in Syria, 9 dead

BEIRUT: Suspected Russian air strikes hit a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Syria on Monday, killing nine people including a child, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“A building that housed a hospital supported by MSF was destroyed on Monday by aircraft, presumably Russian,” near Maaret al-Numan in the northern province of Idlib, said the British-based monitor.

The raids also left dozens wounded, said the Observatory, which relies on a network of sources on the ground.

MSF confirmed in a statement that a hospital supported by the aid group in Idlib province was “destroyed in air strikes” on Monday.

It did not give a death toll but said at least eight members of staff were missing after four rockets hit the 30-bed facility, which had 54 staff, two operating theaters, an outpatients’ department and an emergency room.