“Moderate rebels” kill Russian medics in Syria’s Aleppo
5 December, 2016
One female Russian medical worker has been killed, two others wounded as mortar shells fired by rebel fighters hit their mobile hospital in the government-held parts of the Aleppo.
The hospital was set up by the Russian military to provide medical care for civilians who have recently fled the battles in the eastern parts as government forces launch fierce military operation to retake the eastern districts.
A number of local residents who were receiving medical treatment at the hospital were also injured in the attack.
The targeted hospital was established in Al-Furqan neighborhood, located some 2 km from the frontline to the east where militants are holed up in Bustan Al-Qasr district.
Russian Defence ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov confirmed the incident, accusing the United States, Britain and France of tipping off the rebels about the hospital's location.
“The blood of our soldiers is on the hands of those who ordered this murder. Those who created, nurtured and armed these beasts in human form and named them the 'opposition',” he said.
Did the US-led coalition give the EXACT coordinates of Russian Aleppo hospital to Al-Qaeda for a missile attack?
–the timing of the event, the political response, the way in which the US has disregarded the UN as a serious forum, and the uncertainty over whether the crime was an intentional or unintentional blunder, cannot be ignored.
The Russian Foreign Ministry have said quite frankly that the US airstrike has been an aid to ISIS. This is material fact and will be recorded in the annals of military history.
A female Russian medical specialist has been killed and two more medics have been injured in a militant shelling of a mobile military hospital in Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Some local residents attending medical appointments were also injured during the shelling that targeted one of the field hospitals set up in the government held part of the city, the ministry added.
Russian military medics have begun to consult the residents of Syrian Aleppo’s eastern districts liberated from militants. They opened a clinic, a medical ward for children, a surgery department, an intensive care department, a laboratory and an x-ray room.
Some of my team in the hospital now say it's overflowing with injured civilians, lots of kids from non stop shelling 2day #Aleppo
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov issued a statement on the sudden attack that may ensure a decisive end to any sort of diplomacy that remains between Kerry and Lavrov.
“Today, between 12:21 and 12:30pm [local time], a medical center of the Russian Defense Ministry’s mobile hospital in Aleppo was shelled by the militants during the reception time.”
“As a result of the direct hit of the reception ward, one female Russian military medic was killed [and] two medical specialists were severely injured.”
“We know who provided the militants with information on the Russian hospital and its exact coordinates. Therefore it’s not only the actual perpetrators who are responsible for murdering and wounding our medics who were administering aid to Aleppo children.”
“The hands of those who instigated this murder are also coated with the blood of our servicemen. Those who created, fed and armed those beats in human disguise, naming them ‘opposition’ for justification before their own conscience and voters. Yes, [this blood is on your hands], terrorists’ patrons from the US, UK, France and their sympathizers.”
“We calls on the entire international community, as well as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and other international organizations to strongly condemn the murder of Russian doctors who carried out their duty by delivering medical assistance to the civilians in Aleppo. All perpetrators and all those who ordered the shelling of the Russian Defense Ministry’s hospital in Aleppo must be held accountable for their actions.”
Statement from the Russian Ministry of Defence