Syrian families were seen emerging from the rubble of destroyed houses and fleeing through the streets as strikes continued to pound northwestern and southwestern Syria on Thursday.
Point of view
"A military plane targeted civilians. There are not terrorists cells here. These are civilian homes."
Amateur videos uploaded to the Internet are believed to show air strikes hitting buildings and people running through smoke and rubble in the town of Hayan in Aleppo province.
A Hayan resident said: “A military plane targeted civilians. There are not terrorists cells here. These are civilian homes.”
It is a month since Russia launched a campaign of air strikes in Syria. Moscow says the targets are Islamic State group fighters and other jihadists.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that the Russian strikes have killed 185 civilians – as well as 410 fighters from various insurgent groups.
The Doctors without Borders NGO reported on Thursday that least 35 healthcare personnel and patients have died during recent strikes in Syria.
US medical workers staged a ‘die in’ demonstration at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in New York, near the UN headquarters – lying down on the street in white coats.
Dr. Deane Marchbein, president of the US board of directors for Doctors Without Borders, took part in the demonstration.
“Health care personnel, hospitals, ambulances are being targeted, which means that whole communities don’t have access to care,” she said.
According to the Physicians for Human Rights group and the Syrian-American Medical Society, which organised the rally, more than 300 strikes – the majority by Syrian government forces – have hit health facilities during the four-year Syria conflict, killing 650 medical workers.