Syrian air strikes leave dozens dead, including three children

Civil defence members carry a casualty after an airstrike at a field hospital in the al-Sukari district of Aleppo, Syria.
Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

Civil defence members carry a casualty after an airstrike at a field hospital in the al-Sukari district of Aleppo, Syria.

Air strikes have hit a hospital in a rebel-held area of the Syrian city Aleppo, killing at least 20 people.

The casualties included three children and the last paediatrician in the city, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Thursday.

Two other doctors were also among those killed, the Britain-based war monitor said.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the Civil Defence rescue service in rebel-held areas of Aleppo put the death toll at 30.

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The Observatory said in the past six days in Aleppo, 84 civilians had been killed in government air strikes and 49 civilians were killed in rebel shelling of government-held areas.

Fighting in Aleppo began to escalate on April 22 and a Feb 27 cessation of hostilities agreement, which initially reduced violence in many areas of Syria, was described by the United Nations as being "barely alive" on Thursday.

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