|Date: Jul 5, 2019|
|Source: The Daily Star|
|Syrian regime strikes kill four civilians, hit hospitals|
|Agence France Presse|
BEIRUT: Regime airstrikes Thursday on an anti-government bastion in northwest Syria killed four civilians, two of them children, and hit three hospitals already damaged in previous raids, an activist group said.
A fifth person, another child, was killed in a separate air raid by regime ally Russia also in the Idlib region, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
"Regime warplanes again targeted three hospitals in the south of Idlib," which had been hit and damaged in raids in previous weeks, the Observatory said.
There were no casualties in these raids on the village of Hass and the town of Kafr Nabl, it added.
Obeida Dandouch, who heads a rescue group in the area, said the strike in Kafr Nabl damaged a large part of what was still standing at the local hospital.
In May, Amnesty International accused the Syrian regime and Russia of launching "deliberate and systematic" assaults on hospitals in the northwest.
At least 25 hospitals and clinics have been destroyed or damaged by airstrikes and shelling since the end of April, according to the United Nations.
Five rescuers were also killed in the last two weeks of June in airstrike on the Idlib region.
Thursday's strikes killed four civilians, two of them children, in Kafr Nabl, Hass and the town of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib region, the Observatory said.
A Russian air strike near Al-Bara village killed a little girl and wounded several people, it added.