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Russia denies responsibility for strike on MSF hospital

Russia has rejected allegations that it bombed a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in northern Syria last Monday. At least 50 people were killed during the strike, which hit three hospitals and a school.

MSF stated on its website that at least nine staff members were killed when missiles hit the organization’s hospital in the Idlib province. The other two hospitals affected were not affiliated with MSF. 

“This attack can only be considered deliberate. It was probably carried out by the Syrian government-led coalition that is predominantly active in the region,” MSF international president Dr. Joanne Liu told a news briefing on Thursday.

Top Kremlin officials have denied responsibility.  “Once again, we categorically dismiss these statements and consider them to be unacceptable,” Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said Tuesday in Moscow. “Especially because those making these statements are unable to prove their allegations in any way.”

MSF will no longer share the co-ordinates of its hospitals with Russian and Syrian authorities. The organisation has called for an independent probe into the air strikes. 

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