Vital civilian facilities continue to be the primary target of the ongoing aerial campaign the Assad regime and Russian air forces have launched against the rebel-held areas, particularly in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib. The Assad regime and Russian warplanes have destroyed three hospitals and a medical complex in Aleppo and Idlib provinces over the past week, putting them out of service and causing dozens of casualties.
The latest hospitals to be knocked out were the Atareb hospital in western rural Aleppo and a medical complex in the town of Binnish in rural Idlib, which were destroyed by airstrikes on Monday. The Ansar National Hospital in western rural Aleppo was also hit by airstrikes on Friday and Baghdad Hospital in Aleppo city was also targeted on Saturday.
Activists in western rural Aleppo said that Russian jets bombed a rehabilitation and training center that is run by the civil defense as well as a school complex in the town of Atareb.
In Aleppo city, meanwhile, activists said that the Assad regime and Russian forces have escalated bombardment on the city’s eastern parts. The bombardment left a horrible massacre in the neighborhood of Saliheen, where at least 10 civilians were killed and dozens more injured. Two more civilians were also killed in bombardment on the neighborhood of Sukkari.
Four children and a woman from the same family were killed in Russian airstrikes on the town of Anadan in rural Aleppo on Monday. Activists said that rescue workers were not able to reach the targeted area because of intense airstrikes.
Many reports by international human rights organizations confirmed the systematic, deliberate bombardment of vital civilian facilities by Russia and the Assad regime in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law. In March, Amnesty International said that wiping out hospitals have become part of the Assad regime and Russia’s military strategy.
The Russian air force has destroyed dozens of hospitals, civil defense centers, schools, and other vital facilities in the liberated areas across Syria since the start of the Russian aggression on Syria in late September 2015. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office)