Russian air strikes hit hospital, mosque in Syria killing 11

Russian warplanes target two hospitals, mosque in Syria’s Aleppo killing at least 11 civilians

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A firefighter tries to extinguish a fire after the fighter jets belonging to the Russian Army carried out air strikes on two hospitals in the Azaz town of Aleppo, Syria on December 25, 2015.

At least 11 people were killed and 18 others injured after Russian air strikes on two civilian hospitals and a mosque in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo.

According to local sources, Russian warplanes bombed two hospitals, in the Azaz town of Aleppo, one serving children and the other one for adults and at least six people were killed and eight others injured earlier on Friday, Anadolu Agency reported.

Civil defence teams immediately responded to a fire that broke out, as the facilities were damaged in the bombardment.

Report says, Russian warplanes also shelled three villages in northern Azaz and a garage full of relief vehicles.

Russian fighter jets also targeted a mosque during Friday prayers in Aleppo and at least five people were killed and 10 others wounded, Syrian Civil Defence sources told Anadolu Agency.

Batul Mosque was seriously damaged in the attack.

According to sources, Russian air strikes mainly target Old Aleppo, Bustan a -Qasr, Karm Turab and Bab Kansirin districts.

More than 250 civilians have been killed by Russian air strikes this week in Syria.

Amnesty International shared a report this month and said air strikes conducted by Russia in support of Bashar al Assad's regime in Syria have resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths and damaged hospitals and homes.

According to the human rights group’s report, following "remote investigations" of 25 attacks between Sept. 30 and Nov. 29, Russia - which claims its armed forces are only striking terrorist targets - seriously failed in "respect[ing] international humanitarian law" by causing at least 200 civilian casualties.

The report says there is evidence showing that Russia "has unlawfully used unguided bombs in densely populated areas," such as on residential areas, homes, mosques and busy markets, as well as medical facilities.

It says there is also "evidence suggesting Russia's use of internationally banned cluster munitions.”

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) also announced at least 710 civilians, including 141 children have been killed by Russian air strikes since Sept. 30.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) published a new report December 15, and declared that Russian fighter jets destroyed at least 16 schools, 11 hospitals, 10 mosques, eight industrial structures and several opposition headquarters that were used to fight against the Assad regime and DAESH.

Additionally, Russian attacks have forced at least 120,000 Syrians to leave their homes.

TRTWorld and agencies