Syrian war: Putin-Assad airstrike on Aleppo kids' hospital - Video

19:31 Nov. 20, 2016

Putin-Assad airstrike on Aleppo kids' hospital - Video

Screenshot from AP video

Footage of CCTV cameras shows the very moment of the airstrike hitting Aleppo pediatric hospital from different angles

Footage obtained by The Associated Press shows the moment a children's hospital in northern Syria was hit by an airstrike. The exclusive CCTV video shows the interior and exterior of the pediatric facility in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, as it was hit by the bomb on Friday.

The Syrian government has stepped up its bombardment of besieged eastern Aleppo — an onslaught that began last week when Syria's ally Russia announced its own offensive on opposition-controlled parts of the country. Since then, more than 100 people have been killed across northern Syria.

On Friday alone, airstrikes hit four hospitals in east Aleppo, effectively rendering all hospitals in the enclave of 275,000 people out of service, according to the opposition's Aleppo Health Directorate and the World Health Organization.

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The dramatic footage shows what appears to be a waiting room at the hospital as people milled about, including nurses in blue uniforms. The airstrike then hits, turning the room into a swirl of gray dust.

The head of the pediatric hospital told AP in a series of text messages that the waiting room that appears in the video was underground.

Another CCTV camera shows what appears to be the street outside the hospital before the attack. A man is seen walking on the street. A second later, there is a huge explosion and an orange fireball.

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The footage was provided by the Independent Doctors Association (IDA), a Turkey-based NGO founded by Syrian doctors supporting a number of medical facilities in Aleppo.

Another video shared today by social media shows what's happening the moment after the bombing. The authors of the video directly blame Putin in methodical destruction of hospitals – only Russian air forces possess special bunker-buster bombs, able to destroy buildings down to the basements. 

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