Intense Airstrikes Cripple Aleppo Hospital


NORTHEASTERN ALEPPO, Syria — (CNN) Activists say nearly 300 people have been killed following five consecutive days of government airstrikes.

A quarter million people trapped there are without a single hospital operating at full capacity.

“Doctors Without Borders” demands that Syria stop bombing medical centers in the besieged city.

Just when they thought it couldn’t get any worse, One of east Aleppo’s major hospitals takes a direct hit.

Moments after the blast, a thick cloud of white dust making bloodied patients look like plaster mannequins.

And they were the ones who survived.

Upstairs, an apocalyptic scene.

The intensive care unit – devastated.

It was full of patients.

Many just transferred from other hospitals — hit hours earlier.

Choking dust makes it nearly impossible to breathe.

Patients who can walk escape to the relative safety of the lower floors.

Activists say many patients are afraid to even go to the hospitals.

Basements are becoming makeshift triage centers.

Although the Syrian regime’s “bunker busters”- designed to pierce through reinforced concrete bomb shelters – mean nowhere is safe.

Even in war-torn east Aleppo, many say they’ve never experienced bombing this intense.

Hundreds of airstrikes and thousands of artillery rounds fired on Saturday alone.

At one destroyed building, rescuers drill and dig, frantically trying to save a little girl trapped underneath what used to be her home.

They find her silent – clutching her blanket – in shock.
Seconds after pulling her out, they must run for cover.

The planes – and the bombs – are coming back.

(Will Ripley, CNN)

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