Putin's crimes in Syria: Putin confirms war crime allegations by one more hospital bombing (video)

18:59 Oct. 1, 2016

Putin confirms war crime allegations by one more hospital bombing (video)

The M10 hospital in Aleppo after its destruction by Putin-Assad jets (SMART / YouTube)

Aleppo hospital in rebel-held district hit by barrel and cluster bombs, it had already been bombed in an assault described by UN chief as war crime

The largest hospital in the rebel-held side of Aleppo has been devastated by barrel bombs, witnesses have said, as forces loyal to the Russia-backed government intensified their assault on the area with a major weekend offensive, Guardian reports.

The crucial facility, known as M10, had already been put out of service before the latest attack, having suffered a heavy bombardment three days earlier, in an assault that the UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, denounced as a war crime.

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"Two barrel bombs hit the M10 hospital and there were reports of a cluster bomb as well," Adham Sahloul of Sams said.

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The M10 hospital in Aleppo after its destruction by Putin-Assad jets (SMART News Agency / YouTube)

The recent surge in attacks in Aleppo from forces loyal to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, have been some of the worst in the country's five-year civil war. More than 220 people have died and residential buildings have been reduced to heaps of rubble.

France condemned the bombing of M10, saying the shelling of healthcare structures and personnel in Aleppo constituted war crimes.

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"Their perpetrators will be held to account," foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said in a statement. "France is mobilising at the Security Council as we speak to put a stop to this unacceptable tragedy," he added.

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The M10 hospital in Aleppo after its destruction by Putin-Assad jets (SMART News Agency / YouTube)

The devastation continued as it emerged that the US secretary of state, John Kerry, complained to a group of Syrian civilians on the side lines of New York's United Nations general assembly last week that his diplomacy had not been backed by a serious threat of military force.

Russia appeared to respond to the reports, based on an audio recording of the meeting obtained by The New York Times, but with a warning. Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said direct aggression by the US towards the Syrian government would lead to "frightening, tectonic shifts" in the Middle East. Moreover, Russia blamed US in ‘supporting the terrorism'.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, said airstrikes also hit a smaller field hospital in the Sakhur neighbourhood on Saturday.

"One person was killed and the field hospital is out of service," said the Observatory head, Rami Abdel Rahman.

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Russian warplanes were also involved in the attacks on Saturday as the army shelled the besieged old quarter in a major offensive. An army source quoted in state media said its forces had made advances, which was denied by rebels, who said they had repelled a new assault. 

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'Stop Russian agression': rally in rebel-held Aleppo province, Syria, Oct. 1, 2016 (Adnan modlej / YouTube)

More than 220 people have been killed in the east of the city since the government launched its offensive on 22 September. Residents of government-held neighborhoods expressed relief that the rebels were being pushed back but said they feared retaliation, Guardian states.

 

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