9 dead after air strikes hit Doctors Without Borders-backed hospital in Syria: Monitor

People gathering near a destroyed building said to be a Doctors without Borders (MSF) supported hospital, in Maaret al-Numan, Syria, on Feb 15, 2016.
People gathering near a destroyed building said to be a Doctors without Borders (MSF) supported hospital, in Maaret al-Numan, Syria, on Feb 15, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIRUT (AFP) - Suspected Russian air strikes hit a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Syria on Monday (Feb 15), killing nine people, including a child, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

An MSF spokesman confirmed that a hospital supported by the aid group was struck in Maaret al-Numan, about 280km north of Damascus, but was unable to give a death toll.

"A building that housed a hospital supported by MSF was destroyed on Monday by aircraft, presumably Russian", near Maaret al-Numan, said the British-based monitor.

The raids also left dozens wounded, said the Observatory, which relies on a network of sources on the ground.

An MSF spokesman confirmed that a hospital supported by the aid group was struck in Maaret al-Numan, but was unable to give a death toll.

The organisation supports around 150 hospitals in Syria.