- Title: Russia says two of its medics killed in Aleppo hospital attack
- Date: 5th December 2016
- Summary: ALEPPO, SYRIA (DECEMBER 5, 2016) (VIDEO OBTAINED BY REUTERS) VARIOUS OF HEAVY DAMAGE TO EQUIPMENT TENT WITH SIGN OF CROSS PRINTED ON SIDE BURNT EQUIPMENT ROW OF EMERGENCY BEDS HEAD OF RUSSIAN RECONCILIATION CENTRE IN SYRIA, LIEUTENANT GENERAL VLADIMIR SAVCHENKO, TALKING ON MOBILE PHONE (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) HEAD OF RUSSIAN RECONCILIATION CENTRE IN SYRIA, LIEUTENANT GENERAL VLADIMIR SAVCHENKO, SAYING: ''During a peaceful initiative in a Syrian school two and a half weeks ago there also was a shelling. A mortar got into a classroom and as a result, children from grades between first and fifth were killed. This is what the situation is like. The rebels do not accept anything. They do not want to make any concessions. They do not take any steps unilaterally. They only strike back. This is their answer to our goodwill which we show here towards civilians.'' RUSSIAN SOLDIER IN PROTECTIVE CLOTHING WALKING RUSSIAN SOLDIER CLOSING VEHICLE DOOR SIGN OF CROSS ON VEHICLE RUSSIAN AMBULANCE
- Embargoed: 20th December 2016 14:33
- Keywords: Russian field hospital Aleppo
- Location: ALEPPO, SYRIA
- City: ALEPPO, SYRIA
- Country: Syria
- Reuters ID: LVA0015BLYGCN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Russian Defence Ministry said on Monday (December 5) that Syrian opposition rebels had deliberately shelled a Russian military field hospital in Aleppo, killing two female military medics and injuring one other.
A spokesman said rebels had directed artillery fire at the mobile field hospital after it had started receiving civilians and had scored a direct hit on its reception.
The ministry said the United States, Britain and France bore responsibility for the attack on the hospital, which was located in a government-held district, because they were supporting the rebels.
At the site of the damage in Aleppo, the head of the Russian Reconciliation Centre in Syria, Lieutenant General Vladimir Savchenko told reporters the shelling of the hospital began at 11 a.m. local time (0900 GMT) and lasted for one and a half hours.
He added that there had been other rebel attacks on civilian infrastructure recently: ''During a peaceful initiative in a Syrian school two and a half weeks ago there also was a shelling. A mortar got into a classroom and as a result, children from grades between first and fifth were killed.''
The United Nations and medical charities have repeatedly called on warring parties on all sides of the Syrian conflict not to target medical facilities.
Aleppo's health directorate says hospitals in the east of the shattered city have been repeatedly bombed out of service in recent weeks.
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