Hospital hit in Syria as UN warns talks unravelling


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It is quite disappointing that more than 20 people have been killed in a Syrian government air strike on a hospital in the city of Aleppo as the United Nations warned that a delicate ceasefire was crumbling.

The attack on the Al Quds hospital yesterday killed several medical staff and other civilians, including Dr Wasem Maaz, one of the last remaining pediatricians in the rebel-held part of the city.

At least 14 of those killed were staff and patients for Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the medical aid group, which supported the hospital, said.

Rescue workers were pulling bodies and survivors from the rubble of the building in the Sukkary neighbourhood the today morning and witnesses suggested that the number of dead was likely to rise.

Pictures showed rows of bloodied and charred bodies covered in plastic sheets. The images were too graphic to be published.

The attack was the latest in an escalation of government assaults on the city, with at least 145 civilians killed in air strikes, shelling and rocket fire since Friday.