Three killed in airstrikes on Syrian hospital

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Amman, Feb 10 (IANS) Three people were killed and at least six, including a nurse, were wounded during airstrikes that hit an MSF-supported hospital in Syria’s Dara’a governorate, a statement said.

The strike on Tafas field hospital, some 12 km from the Jordanian border, took place on the night of February 5, said international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in a statement.

It caused partial damage to the hospital building, and put its heavily-used ambulance service out of action.

Over 20,000 people from Tafas town have fled to the surrounding countryside.

“I was on my way to the hospital to help admit people who were injured by the airstrikes,” said one staff member.

“But as soon as I reached the hospital, I myself got injured. It all happened very quickly. I saw what looked like an explosion and then a flash of light, and then I lost consciousness for five minutes,” the staffer said.

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“My colleagues saw me lying on the ground, bleeding, and rushed me inside. I was injured in both my arm and leg by shrapnel.”

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