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Syria: April 29, 2016
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The Interpreter
@Interpreter_Mag
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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US Condemns Syrian Strike on Children's Hospital, Urges Russia to Use Influence to Stop; Russia Claims 'International Coalition' to Blame
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US State Department spokesman John Kirby condemned the strikes April 28 on the children's hospital in Aleppo, attributing the attack to the Syrian Army.

At least 50 people have been reported killed in the strike, CNN and AAP reported. 

The UN called the situation "catastrophic" and said humanitarian workers couldn't do their jobs due to the air strikes, Reuters and VOA reported.


Said Kirby:

"The details and the circumstances of the attack are still coming in, but it sure bears all the hallmarks of the kinds of strikes that the regime has done in the past on treatment facilities, and frankly on first-responders. Once again we call on the regime to cease these absolutely senseless attacks."

The US also urged Russia to  use its influence to pressure Syrian President Bashir al-Assad to stop the strikes.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Russia was using the war in Syria to test its modern military, and that despite its pledge of withdrawal, Russia was backing Syrian forces to re-take Aleppo.

But Russia for its part denied its own involvement or that of the Syrian airforce it supports, and claimed "a plane from the international coalition" dropped the bomb," RBC.ru reported.

TASS quoted Russian Defense Ministry representative Igor Konashenkov:

"According to the data available to us, on the evening of April 27 in the air space above Aleppo, for the first time after a long break, a plane was operating from one of the countries of the so-called "anti-ISIL coalition."

Medicins sans frontieres confirmed that the Al Quds hospital was one they supported. 


-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick