Two Russian nurses were killed while a Russian doctor was injured after militants shelled a mobile military hospital in the western part of Syria’s embattled city of Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
One of the nurses died immediately while the other succumbed to her injuries in a hospital, the ministry said.
The other victim, a Russian pediatrician, is currently fighting for life as the doctors try to heal his injuries.
“Today, between 12:21 and 12:30pm [local time], a medical center of the Russian Defense Ministry’s mobile hospital in Aleppo was shelled by the militants during the reception time,” ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov told journalists.
The ministry also said that some local residents attending medical appointments at the site were also injured.
Russia also called on the international community to condemn the attack.
“We demand that the international community, as well as the International Federation of Red Cross, Red Crescent Societies, Doctors without Borders (MSF), and other international organizations strongly condemn this deliberate killing of Russian military medics that were fulfilling their duty of care by treating Aleppo residents,” Konashenkov said.
The spokesman also said that Moscow will be investigating the incident and bring to justice those responsible for the crime.
RT’s Lizzie Phelan reported that the city of Aleppo has been under non-stop shelling by militants and that the hospital was overcrowded with injured civilians, including children.
She also said that “nine mortar shells landed in the area.”
Writer and editor Abdel Bari Atwan, in an interview with RT, said that the rebels in Aleppo are trying to “cause as much damage as they can as their days are numbered”.
“I believe that the armed opposition is now hitting everyone and is trying to kill … as many as they can on the Syrian and the Russian side, as their days are numbered in that part of Aleppo,” Atwan said.
Photo: Lizzie Phelan – Twitter