Syrian Rebels Pound Aleppo Hospital, Killing 19 Civilians

Dozens Wounded as Rockets Hit Maternity Wing of Hospital

Adding to the number of hospitals being hit in the fighting in Syria’s Aleppo, rebels fired a flurry of rockets and mortars against a government-held district pounding Dabbit Hospital and leaving at least 19 civilians killed across the neighborhood.

This happened less than a week after apparent airstrikes by the Syrian military hit a hospital in a rebel district, killing scores of civilians there. Today’s rocket fire hit the maternity wing of the hospital, with three women killed and 17 wounded in that wing of the hospital.

This is at least the fifth hospital or other medical site in the city hit in the past week, as part of a series of tit-for-tat strikes over less than a two week period that have killed nearly 300 people, almost exclusively civilians, in Aleppo.

As talks continue on trying to get the “regime of calm” extended to Aleppo, alongside the various other areas where it has been at least marginally successful, Aleppo itself continues to see heavy shelling. The Syrian government strongly criticized the rebels for attacking amid the talks, but this just mirrors rebel complaints the day prior, and so on, as the two sides continue to trade fire.

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