Syrian activists: 11 die in airstrike on hospital
By BARBARA SURK and ZEINA KARAM Associated Press September 11, 2013 2:22PM
Syrian refugees wait before boarding a flight to Germany for temporary relocation, at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. The group of 107 refugees are the first to be relocated under a German program to give up to 5,000 highly vulnerable Syrian refugees temporary new homes. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say government warplanes have hit a field hospital near the northern city of Aleppo, killing 11 people.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says dozens more were wounded by the missiles that slammed into the facility in the town of al-Bab on Wednesday. The group, which relies on reports from activists on the ground, said a Yemeni doctor was among those killed in the airstrike.
President Bashar Assad’s regime has in the past year relied heavily on its air power to regain control of territory it lost to the opposition, pounding suspected rebel targets with war planes and helicopters, particularly in the north where the opposition controls large swathes of land and parts of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.