Overnight Airstrikes Hit Two Hospitals in Rebel-Held East Aleppo

MSF: Only Seven Surgeons Left in Eastern Aleppo

Overnight airstrikes against Nusra Front-held Eastern Aleppo hit a pair of hospitals, knocking both out of commission and killing two patients. The M10 hospital reportedly lost its power generators and oxygen tanks, forcing them to transfer everyone to another hospital.

This adds to the ever-worsening situation in the city, which only has 30 doctors left. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) reported that with more hospitals out of commission, there are effectively only seven doctors left capable of performing surgery.

East Aleppo has been facing huge amounts of airstrikes since Friday, with Syrian officials saying they intend a full-scale ground invasion. Earlier this week, they invaded and captured a central district within the city, though so far it doesn’t appear that they’re advancing any further east.

Aleppo has been divided among various factions since 2012, and over the last few months has been split in half between Nusra and the Syrian government. The two have launched myriad offensives and counter-offensives, and so far haven’t been decisive.

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  • Bill Rood

    I thought the last surgeon in (East) Aleppo was killed several weeks ago.

  • eric

    You have to hit the hospitals because that is where the Syrian rebels keep their head quarters . This is how they garner sympathy from the world Media to support their side . They fire from the hospitals and schools and any body that shoots back is a war criminal . These are historic Muslim war plans ,They did it in Kosovo and Bosnia , they do it in Gaza . The United States is foolishly trying to help Islam set up again the caliphate empire ,This Islamic State like Saudi Arabia will be.all over the world . Soon in all of Europe and eventually even in the United States . The western leading political parties think they have been blessed with new found political correct ideas . They even call this freedom of religion .

    • Don G.

      No Eric, you don’t justify bombing hospitals. Think instead of what came before which caused this.

  • Don G.

    This response against the US ‘mistake’ in bombing Assad’s forces certainly has had the desired results Jason.