At least fourteen patients and 3 doctors are killed in an air strike on a hospital within the Syrian town of Aleppo, said the charity MSF (Medecins sans Frontieres).
Among those killed within the MSF-supported al-Quds hospital was one of the city’s last paediatricians, MSF added.
The Local sources had held responsible the Russian war planes. The Syrian military however denied targeting the hospital.
Monitors say attacks by either side left thirty four dead and dozens wounded on Thursday.
Violence in Syrian Arab Republic, and specially in Aleppo, has intensified in recent days, despite a partial armistice.
The International Committee of the Red Cross says Aleppo is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster.
The upsurge in violence comes amid reports that the Syrian army, backed by Russian air power, is gearing up for a serious offensive on the town.
The increase has threatened to derail UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva that resumed last month.
On Wednesday, the United Nations envoy to Syria urged the United States and Russia to intervene “at the best level” to avoid wasting the talks.
“MSF-supported hospital in Aleppo destroyed a minimum of fourteen patients and employees killed, toll expected to rise,” tweeted MSF on Thursday.
It also said that the hospital was well-known domestically and had been hit by a right away air strike on Wednesday.
“We condemn the destruction of the al-Quds hospital, depriving individuals of essential care,” the charity had said.
An activist at the scene, named Zuhair, told the BBC that buildings round the hospital were conjointly hit.
“It was an air strike by 2 rockets, heavy rockets from Russian air strike,” he said.
“Near the hospital one building on 5 floors simply crumbled and simply crashed down, and we do not know what number dead will be beneath these ruins.”
The Observatory also stated that the rebel rocket fire on the govt-held areas on Thursday had killed fourteen civilians whereas the attacks by pro-govt. forces on rebel neighborhoods had killed a minimum of twenty individuals.