Syria Hospitals Hit: At Least 22 Dead, 8 Missing

Two hospitals and a school building in northern Syria have been struck on Monday morning, leaving at least 22 people dead, and eight others missing.

Fifteen people were killed when a hospital and a school building that was housing displaced people were struck in Azaz, in Syria’s Aleppo province.

A hospital employee known as Moudhar told CNN that staff were evacuating the wounded after the first strike on the Women and Children’s Hospital when the complex and road were struck again. Women and children were among the dead, he said.

Another projectile hit a nearby school building housing displaced people, he added.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the strikes.

Speaking in Kiev, Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, claimed Russia was responsible for the strikes in Azaz, which is close to the Turkish border. He also claimed Moscow had targeted the complex with ballistic missiles fired from the Caspian Sea.

The Kurdish anti-government forces had advanced from the west and have been fighting anti-government insurgents on the Of town, only a few kilometers away from the main Bab al Salam border crossing. The Syrian Army is advancing from the south.

Both the Kurds and the Army want to wrest control of that stretch of border with Turkey from the insurgents.

Russian bombing raids on rebel fighters are helping the Syrian Army to advance toward Aleppo, the country’s largest city and commercial center before the conflict. If the Army takes the city, it would be the Syrian government’s biggest victory of the war.

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