Syria: Russia and Syrian Government Deny Bombing of MSF “Supported” Hospital in Aleppo

29th April 2016

RT

At least 14 people have been killed in an airstrike on a hospital in Aleppo, with the attack having provoked a new blame game. UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura has urged all sides to avoid a “snowball effect” and protect the fragile truce.

The Al Quds hospital in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was bombed on Wednesday, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) said, adding that it supported the medical facility.

At least one airstrike hit the building directly, having completely destroyed it, MSF said citing hospital staff on the ground. At least 14 people were killed, including at least three doctors.

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MSF categorically condemns this outrageous targeting of yet another medical facility in Syria,” MSF head of mission in the country Muskilda Zancada said, adding that “a vital hospital in Aleppo” which primarily treated children has been destroyed this time. Al Quds was “the main referral center for pediatric care in the area,” she said.

Local opposition groups have blamed the Wednesday attack on Syrian or Russian forces, with western media having caught onto the allegations.

Russia’s Defense Ministry has denied any involvement, saying its planes have not been carrying out any airstrikes in the area for several days now.

“According to our data, on the evening of April 27 in airspace above Aleppo a plane of one of the countries of the so-called anti-ISIL [Islamic State, IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] coalition was working in the area for the first time after a long break,” the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday.

[Editors Note: A Syrian military source said government planes had not been in areas where air raids were reported. Syria’s army denied reports that the Syrian air force targeted the hospital ~ Reuters]

US State Department has blamed the attack on Syrian government forces. “Once again we call on the regime to cease these absolutely senseless attacks,” its spokesman John Kirby said, as quoted by Reuters.

Having condemned the recent spike in violence, the UN special envoy for the Syria crisis, Staffan de Mistura called on both Russia and the US to “protect” the peace process, saying there can be no military solution to the conflict and no “plan B.”

The international negotiations were “a small, but a very special miracle … created by a high level discussion between the Russian Federation and the USA,” de Mistura told RT in an exclusive interview.

De Mistura has warned of a “snowball effect” that the Aleppo hospital attack might cause, having called on all parties to avoid any “excessive response in case of an incident, that would then produce another excessive response.”

Having pointed out that the cessation of hostilities in Syria was initiated by Russia and the US and “blessed” by the UN Security Council and other countries, the envoy said that thanks to these efforts ceasefire “lasted for almost 60 days… and casualties were close to zero.”

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Remember this also happened in February 2016: US Bombed Aleppo then Blamed Russia for Destroying Two Hospitals

READ MORE ON SYRIA: 21st Century Wire Syria Files

8 thoughts on “Syria: Russia and Syrian Government Deny Bombing of MSF “Supported” Hospital in Aleppo

  1. MSF again … smh!!!!!
    Why don’t they just come out and admit they perform the duties of spies in every country???? It’s been discussed on Russian forums that US attack on MSF hospital in Kunduz was an attempt to get Mullah Mansour as his wife & child were supposedly at that hospital. Saudi attacks MSF hospitals in Yemen that US identifies. US blamed Russia for its own air attacks back in Feb. In Donbas MSF was kicked out because they were accused of spying for Kiev. Add it all up what we see is MSF like most other “NGOs” are really working with the aggressor just hiding behind a red cross/crescent.

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      • Well, I based it on the fact that at the start of Saudi war on Yemen US admitted they would be supplying intelligence. To me that meant sat. photos and intel from the CIA agents who were later arrested by Ansarulla. It’s a fact that US has drones based in southern Saudi as part of the fake “war on terror” so those videos show targets… it just added up in my mind that US has to know targets but never admits it. They claim they don’t have any say in which targets are hit. But no I guess I don’t have proof – just connect the dots :-\

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  2. From the German Federal Press conference 04-29-2016:
    (Germany does aerial reconaissance with Tornado units on Syria, they also survey airspace).
    It is not very likely, but we cannot completely rule out the possibility that the anti-isis coalition has been responsible for the attack on the msf hospital.

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