Syria: Death Toll Rises Above 50 in Al Quds Hospital Bombing

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More than 50 people have died in the April 27 airstrikes on the Al Quds hospital and surrounding areas of Aleppo, Syria, including numerous patients and at least six medical staff members, according to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which is one of several organizations that support the hospital.

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The situation in Aleppo is critical as airstrikes leave no part of the city untouched, and an estimated 250,000 people are in danger of being cut off from aid, including medical care. Today there are reports of another health center, which is not supported by MSF, being struck in the city.

"The sky is falling in Aleppo," said Muskilda Zancada, MSF head of mission in Syria. "The city, consistently at the front lines of this brutal war, is now in danger of coming under a full offensive. Attacks on hospitals and medical staff are a devastating indicator of the brutal ways in which civilians are targeted in the war in Syria."

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Al Quds is one of numerous hospitals that MSF supports in Aleppo and across Syria. MSF has been supporting the hospital since 2012 with medical donations.

"It has been an incredible honor for us to be able to work so closely with such dedicated people," Zancada said. "We see day in and day out how they risk their lives through this living hell of a war to ensure people can access medical care. Their loss is our loss, and we remain committed to helping the hospital restart activities."