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23 die as syrian hospitals are hit.

Byline: CHRIS HUGHES

HOSPITALS and a school were destroyed in savage air strikes on rebel-held towns in Syria yesterday.

At least 23 people died and scores more were wounded in the raids, which were blamed on Russia.

As many as seven ballistic missiles slammed into a children's facility in Azaz, near the Turkish border.

Refugees had been taking shelter in the buildings after fleeing from Assad regime troops in the mass exodus from Aleppo.

The city has faced a massive increase in Russian strikes supporting Assad.

Missiles also slammed into a hospital in Marat Numan in north-western Syria. At least eight medical staff were missing and seven confirmed dead last night.

Medic Juma Rahal said: "We have been moving scores of screaming children from the hospital."

He confirmed at least two children were among those killed.

Also in Marat Numan, a strike hit the National Hospital in the north of town, killing two nurses.

Rescue workers and rights groups say Russian bombing has killed scores of civilians but Moscow insist they are targeting only terrorist groups.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Feb 16, 2016
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