Syria Barrel Bombs Have Struck 10 Hospitals In A Month

Doctors Without Borders says that the controversial explosives, which have been tied to the Assad regime, destroyed another hospital.

Jun 18, 2015 at 12:04 PM ET

A hail of barrel bombs destroyed a hospital in southern Syria, marking the 10th medical facility in the country struck by the makeshift—and controversial—missiles during the last month, according to a statement released Thursday by Doctors Without Borders.

Helicopters dropped at least 10 of the so-called bombs on the Bursa hospital in Daraa on Monday night, leveling parts of the building. The medical organization says that Bursa was the only health care facility in the area that provided neonatal care and dialysis services.

The attack came just days after a Doctors-Without-Borders-supported hospital in Aleppo was badly damaged by a similar strike, the group says, and is at least the 10th health care facility bombed in the last month by the Syrian government.

A barrel bomb is a makeshift explosive device, often fashioned from gasoline, nails and hunks of metal that are packed into containers and hurled from helicopters. While Syrian President Bashar Assad has denied that his government uses barrel bombs, Human Rights Watch claims that Syrian forces have carried out hundreds of attacks with them.

According to a recent Al Jazeera report, barrel bombs dropped by Syrian aircraft killed at least 75 people in Aleppo at the end of May.

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