3 hospitals bombed in southern Syria

Destruction is seen in the recently liberated Harasta City in the Eastern Ghouta in the countryside of Damascus, Syria, on March 29. On Wednesday, a war monitor said three hospitals were bombed in southern Syria. File Photo courtesy of EFE/EPA

June 27 (UPI) — Unidentified air strikes led to the bombing of three hospitals in southern Syria overnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday.

The Britain-based organization said the hospitals were in Saida, Jizah and Musayfira — areas held by opposition forces near the Jordanian border. SOHR believed Syrian government forces backed by the Russian military were responsible.

Numbers of casualties were not reported.

“The Saida hospital was put out of service after midnight, because of unidentified airstrikes near the facility,” SOHR head Rami Abdel Rahman told Albawaba. “The hospital in al-Jiza was damaged this morning. There were Russian airstrikes close to the hospital, which damaged it and put it out of service.”

Up to 50,000 people have been displaced in the area over the past week due to fighting.

The Washington Post reported the offensive was backed by the Russian military and its aim was to recapture opposition-held territory not under the protection of the United States or Israel.


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