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Missiles, barrel bombs destroy coroner’s office in latest hit on Aleppo’s medical infrastructure

Mohammed Kahil, director of the east Aleppo Coroner’s Office. Photo […]

Mohammed Kahil, director of the east Aleppo Coroner’s Office. Photo courtesy of the Aleppo Coroner’s Office.

AMMAN: Two barrel bombs destroyed a building housing a coroner’s office in an east Aleppo neighborhood on Thursday, the latest in a week of regime attacks on an ambulance station, a central hospital and multiple ad hoc medical clinics in rebel-held districts across Syria’s largest city.

Two allegedly Russian-fired missiles hit the coroner’s office serving rebel-controlled districts on Wednesday, critically injuring the province’s only cardiologist, sources told Syria Direct on Thursday. At least five other people were injured.

On Thursday, a Syrian helicopter hovered above the coroner’s office, dropping a barrel bomb that penetrated the roof and exploded inside. A second barrel bomb was dropped from the same helicopter just behind the building.

The coroner’s office and adjacent medical clinic in the same building “are totally destroyed,” the office director, Mohammed Kahil, told Syria Direct. Additional damage includes “our vehicles, the room housing corpses, the tanks holding water and electricity.”

 Two rockets hit the east Aleppo Coroner’s Office on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the a-Sukri Council.

The repeated bombings forced the clinic and coroner’s office to close its doors.

“Once again, dust is in the air after a helicopter targeted the office with barrel bombs,” the coroner’s office announced in a Facebook statement on Thursday. 

The clinic and coroner’s office of east Aleppo’s a-Sukri neighborhood provided free treatment for all patients, in addition to post-mortem services for the dead and their families.

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