Syria: Russian warplanes allegedly bombed a clinic in Aleppo suburban village

Damaged Red Cross and Red Crescent medical supplies lie inside a warehouse after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
Damaged Red Cross and Red Crescent medical supplies lie inside a warehouse after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

Four medics were killed and a nurse critically wounded when an air strike hit a clinic in a village near Syria’s second city Aleppo late on Tuesday, the aid group that supports it said.

The four staff of the Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organisations (UOSSM) were in two ambulances that had been called to the clinic to take some patients for more specialised treatment, the group said.

The clinic in the village of Khan Tuman was completely levelled in the 11pm strike and more dead were feared to be buried under the rubble, the group added.

“The building has three floors, including a basement. Because of the intensity of the bombardment, the three storeys collapsed and are completely destroyed,” the groups’ hospitals and trauma director for the area, Ahmed Dbais, said in a statement.

“We don’t yet know exactly how many dead there are.”

Speaking to the BBC, US officials blamed Russia for the attacks, saying two Russian jets had carried out the strike.

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