Via The Guardian: Children's hospital in Aleppo hit as airstrikes continue. Excerpt:
Jet fighters and helicopters bombing east Aleppo hit a children’s hospital on Wednesday morning, destroying sections of the building as medics and patients sheltered in the basement.
An ambulance driver and at least two children were among the dead after a night of fierce attacks on rebel-held sections of Syria’s largest city.
The assault, which continued into the morning, is widely believed to mark the start of a push by President Bashar al-Assad and his backers, including Russia and Iran, to crush the opposition in their last urban stronghold.
“A horrible day for the children’s hospital. Me and my staff and all the patients are sitting in one room in the basement right now, trying to protect our patients,” the centre’s director, Dr Hatem, said in a message posted on Facebook.
“We are trying to leave the basement but we can’t because of all the aircraft still in the sky. Pray for us please.”
The children’s hospital, which carries out around 4,000 consultations a month, was one of six medical centres bombed in Syria over the last 48 hours, according to a charity that supports them.
“Like all the surrounding hospitals in eastern Aleppo, it has been hit multiple times this year alone, putting 2016 on track to becoming the worst year of hospital attacks on record,” the Independent Doctors Association said.
The targeting of civilians and medics in Aleppo in particular have fuelled international outrage and growing pressure on Damascus to halt the bombing.