Save the Children Says Maternity Hospital in Syria Was Hit by Airstrike


Save the Children said a maternity hospital it supports in the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib has been hit by an apparent airstrike. The charity said in a statement that it’s the only such hospital for more than 40 miles.

As NPR’s Alison Meuse reported, the hospital is “at least the 10th medical facility to be struck in Syria by bombing in the past week.” She said an unknown number of casualties were reported among patients and staff. Here’s more from Alison:

“A maternity hospital serving 1,300 women and children a month in northern Syria is now out of commission. Save the Children spokesman Alun McDonald tells NPR the hospital took a direct hit, in what appears to be an airstrike.

“Photos appeared to show the entire side of the building blown off. … Last month, staff delivered more than 10 babies a day.”

Save the Children says the hospital “has six incubators for premature babies, and an outpatient clinic for supporting pregnant women and providing after-delivery care.”

The aftermath of the horrific #Syria hospital bombing. Our thoughts are with families & team members on the ground.
— Save the Children UK (@savechildrenuk) July 29, 2016

The charity posted a video on Twitter showing rubble and ambulances racing to the scene. Last weekend, it said in a statement that Idlib has seen “more than 100 airstrikes in the past few days.”

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SOURCE: NPR, Merrit Kennedy