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UN chief condemns airstrikes after Syria hospitals hit

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned air strikes in northwest Syria following reports that four health facilities were hit during a single day of bombing. An ambulance centre, a clinic and two hospitals including one in Maarat al Numan that is among the largest in the area were attacked on Wednesday, according to the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, a Syrian doctors group. Civilians and civilian infrastructure, including medical facilities, must be protected, said Guterres in a statement released by his spokesman on Thursday. The United Nations had shared the coordinates of the hospital in Maarat al Numan with the warring parties, the statement said. Parties to the conflict must respect their obligations under international humanitarian law, Guterres said, adding that those behind the attacks must be held accountable. Backed by Russia, Syrian forces have since late April ramped up bombardment of the Idlib region, which is controlled by the ...

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