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February 18, 2016

Charity Wants Independent Inquiry on Syria Hospital Strike

Doctors Without Borders called Thursday for an independent investigation into the missile attack three days earlier that killed 25 people at a hospital the global aid group supported in northern Syria, Reuters writes. The medical charity, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, contends Syrian and Russian forces carried out the bombing as part of a Syrian government offensive toward the rebel-held city of Aleppo.

The charity said it had not given Syrian or Russian authorities GPS coordinates for the hospital in Idlib province and other medical facilities it works with in the region for fear that they would become military targets, writes the Associated Press. Joanne Liu, the organization's international president, said "deliberate attacks" against hospitals have become routine in the Syrian conflict and the country's health-care system "has collapsed" as a result.