Kafr Nabl Hospital in northwest Syria after it was bombing by pro-Assad warplanes, July 2019 (Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty)
The New York Times and Sky News both offer further documentation of Russia’s bombing of civilian sites, including hospitals, in the deadly campaign backing Syria’s Assad regime.
Last month The Times posted a detailed examination which established Russian attacks on four hospitals in opposition-held northwest Syria this offensive, amid a Russian-regime offensive which has killed more than 1,000 civilians, wounded thousands, and displaced more than 400,000 in Idlib and northern Hama Provinces.
Now the newspaper summarizes, “We Proved Russian Pilots Bombed a Hospital. Then They Did It Again.”
Video of the investigation sets out the latest Russian strike on Kafr Nabl Hospital in Idlib on November 6, amid renewed attacks that broke Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declaration in early September of a “pause” in attacks.
Sky News has conducted a four-month investigation into the Russian assaults on medical facilities, markets, schools, and other infrastructures such as those in Ma’arat al-Nu’man. The 10-minute video documents casualties, including from “double tap” attacks on rescuers and residents responding to initial strikes.
The Russian-regime offensive on Syria’s last major opposition area began in late April, shattering a “de-escalation zone” proclaimed by Moscow and Turkey. The strikes resumed two weeks ago and have killed at least 14 more civilians, including five children, and wounded.
Eight civilians were also slain in neighboring western Aleppo Province.
Earlier this week the UN reported that 61 medical facilities — including Kafr Nabl Hospital — have been attacked, as well as almost 100 schools, markets, and mosques.
The head of the UN’s humanitarian agency, Mark Lowcock, has decried “a bombing campaign aimed at a scorched-earth policy”. The UN’s human rights head Michelle Bachelet detailed the “war crimes” and criticized the “failure of leadership by the world’s most powerful nations” with their “collective shrug”.