Another Aleppo, Syria, hospital comes under attack

Another-Aleppo-Syria-hospital-comes-under-attack.     ALEPPO, Syria,  At least three people died Tuesday when a rocket heavily damaged a hospital in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo.

The Syrian city of Aleppo and its surrounding areas have been targeted by airstrikes and bombings by both the Syrian regime under President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian rebels. Insurgent Islamist militants are blamed for rocket attacks on Tuesday that killed at least a dozen people, including an attack on a hospital that killed three women. File photo by Ameer Alhalbi/ UPI | License Photo

















The semi-government-run SANA news agency reported three women were killed, and 17 other women and children were injured in Aleppo’s Muhafaza district. The hospital bombing was part of a larger rocket attack that killed at least a dozen other civilians in residential neighborhoods.

The Syrian government blamed the rocket attacks on insurgent Islamist militants, including the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham and Jaish al-Islam. More than 250 people have been killed in Aleppo in less than two weeks following a flare-up of violence.

Representatives of the Syrian regime under President Bashar al-Assad and from a consolidated group of rebels are in Geneva holding talks to end hostilities. Although a shaky cease-fire was established in February, hostilities in Aleppo have threatened to terminate the truce.

About two-thirds of recent deaths in Aleppo occurred in areas held by rebels. Syria has been blighted by a complex civil war in which the Islamic State, the Syrian government, and multiple Syrian moderate rebel and Islamist groups fight for control of territory. The February cease-fire agreement does not include the Islamic State.

By Andrew V. Pestano