Up to 50 people have been killed, after missile attacks struck schools and hospitals, in northern Syria, according to a statement by the United Nations.
Up to 50 people have been killed in missile attacks on schools and hospitals in northern Syria, according to the United Nations.
“Such attacks are a blatant violation of international laws,” the UN said.
Among the sites hit was a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital, where seven people were reportedly killed. France said such acts constituted war crimes. Two medical facilities in Maarat al-Numan, in Idlib province, are reported to have been hit.
MSF said one of its facilities had been struck by four missiles in the space of minutes, leading them to believe it “wasn’t an accidental attack, that it was deliberate”.
It said seven people died with another eight still missing.
Activists have accused Russia of carrying out the strikes but there has been no independent confirmation. Russia has been backing the Syrian government in its offensive against rebels but says it only targets what it calls “terrorists”.
Mego Terzian, president of MSF France, told Reuters “either the [Syrian] government or Russia” was “clearly” responsible. But the Syrian ambassador to Moscow Riad Haddad, said the US was to blame, a claim the Pentagon dismissed as “patently false”.
“We have no reason to strike in Idlib, as Isil [Islamic State] is not active there,” spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said in response to the accusations.