MSF: Two killed as hospital in Syria’s Hama comes under apparent chemical attack

Arab World Materials 1 April 2017 07:13 (UTC +04:00)

At least two people, including a surgeon, were killed in a hospital bombing in Syria’s Hama province, the MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders) humanitarian group has announced, Sputnik reported.

According to the group, the people inside the bombed building reported symptoms similar to those experienced during chemical attacks.

"At about 6:00 p.m. local time, Latamneh hospital in northern Hama governorate was targeted by a bomb dropped by a helicopter, which hit the entrance of the building. Immediately after the impact, patients and staff reported suffering severe respiratory symptoms and burning of mucous membranes — symptoms consistent with an attack using chemicals," MSF said on Friday.

According to the humanitarian organization, which provides support to the Latamneh hospital, at least two people were killed in the attack.

"The hospital's orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Darwish, was one of two people killed. Thirteen people were transferred to other facilities for treatment," MSF said.

Multiple instances of chemical attacks have been reported in Syria, where government forces continue fighting with terrorist groups such as the Islamic State (IS, also known as Daesh) terrorist organization.