Russian Female Medic Wounded by Militants' Shelling of Aleppo Hospital Dies
17:48 05.12.2016(updated 18:11 05.12.2016)
One of the two Russian medics wounded by militants' shelling of a hospital in Aleppo has died, the Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on Monday. Doctors are fighting for the life of the second wounded medic, a pediatrician.
"A [female] Russian military medic has died as a result of the injuries she sustained in 'opposition' militants' artillery shelling of the Defense Ministry's hospital in Aleppo," Konashenkov said.
The doctors did their best to save her life but could not prevent her death.
"But the severe wounds were fatal. At the moment the doctors are fighting for the life of their badly wounded colleague, a pediatrician" he said.
The militants of the so-called Syrian opposition attacked a Russian military mobile hospital in Syria's Aleppo, killing a military medic of staff and injuring two others earlier on Monday.
"Today… during an appointment of local residents, the medical camp of the defense ministry's mobile hospital was shelled by militants. One military medic was killed as a result of a mine hitting the hospital's emergency room. Two other medical employees were seriously injured. Local civilians who arrived to visit the doctors were also wounded," Konashenkov said earlier.
According to Konashenkov, militants of the Syrian "opposition" are behind the attack. Moreover, Moscow understands from where militants of the Syrian "opposition" received coordinates of the Russian hospital in Aleppo, he added.
Russian military medics have begun to consult the residents of Syrian Aleppo's eastern districts liberated from militants. They opened a clinic, a medical ward for children, a surgery department, an intensive care department, a laboratory and an x-ray room.
Over recent months, Aleppo became major battleground in Syria, engaging government forces, jihadists, and numerous opposition groups. Eastern Aleppo is currently encircled by government troops, and the fighting has affected thousands of civilians still trapped in the city.
Previous internationally mediated ceasefires have collapsed as militants continued attacks and opposition failed to expel al-Nusra Front, which is now known as Jabhat Fatah al Sham and outlawed in Russia, from the city.
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