Russian strikes have killed at least 13 people after hitting a field hospital in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said.

The strike took place on the town of Sarmin in the northwestern province of Idlib on 20 October. The group have also claimed that Russia’s air strikes in Syria have so far killed 370 people, one third of them civilians, since it started.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Russian strikes had killed 127 civilians including 36 children since the campaign started, this cannot be verified.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights head, Rami Abdel Rahman, said:

“Thirteen people were killed in Russian air strikes on Tuesday on a field clinic, including a physiotherapist, a guard, and civil defence member”

According to a staff member of the Syrian-American Medical Society:

“Yesterday at around 1:00 pm (11:00 BST) a SAMS facility near Sarmin, Idlib was hit. Our initial reports from the ground show that we have lost two hospital staff, a physiotherapist and a nurse”.

This comes not long after the bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan by Coalition Forces. Médecins Sans Frontières reported that 12 medical staff and 7 patients including 3 children were killed by the strikes, possibly carried out by US aircraft confirmed to be operating in the area.

Russia’s defence ministry confirmed that a strike on Sarmin did take place, but made no mention of the hospital.


  1. If NATO forces, US and UK see Russian and Syrian jets targeting civilians and hospitals, WHY are they( NATO forces) not shooting them down; declare no fly zone over Syria. Syria and Russia are currently attacking civilian areas with battle tanks. Putin and Assad are insane megalomaniacs, no different to Hitler. NATO are not protecting civilians. Need to wipe out Syrian air-force bases and any runways that can be used by Russians. Syrian situation is now so bad, NATO needs to get tough, send Putin and Assad packing.


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