Airstrikes on Syrian hospital killed 3: Doctors Without Borders

A hospital in southern Syria was hit by airstrikes on Friday, killing at least three people, according to the international aid organization Doctors Without Borders.

Organization says a nurse was among 6 people wounded in Feb. 5 attack

Doctors Without Borders says the airstrikes damaged the hospital's ambulance service so badly that it's no longer usable. (Doctors Without Borders/Twitter)

A hospital in southern Syria was hit by airstrikes on Feb. 5, killing at least three people, according to the international aid organization Doctors Without Borders.

The organization said another six people were wounded at the Tafas field hospital in Dara'a Governorate, including a nurse. 

"I was on my way to the hospital to help admit people who had been injured by the airstrikes," one staff member said in a statement released by the group. "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. My colleagues saw me lying on the ground bleeding and rushed me inside. I was injured in both my arm and leg by shrapnel."

Another photo released by the aid organization shows damage to the inside of the hospital, which is located in southern Syria. (Doctors Without Borders/Twitter)

The organization, which was supporting the hospital, said part of the building was damaged, leaving its ambulance service inoperative. 

About 20,000 people in the area fled to the surrounding countryside, said the organization, which is also known as Médecins Sans Frontières or MSF.

The hospital, located 12 kilometres from the Jordanian border, is the latest medical facility to be hit in an escalating series of airstrikes in southern Syria over the past two months.


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