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14 killed in airstrike on Syrian school

Russian airstrikes have previously pounded Azaz, just 50km from Syria's Aleppo

Date of publication: 15 February, 2016

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14 civilians have been killed after an airstrike hit a school sheltering refugees in Syria's Azaz on Monday.
At least 14 civilians have been killed following a missile attack on a school in Syria's Azaz on Monday, according to residents.

Local sources said the school was being used as a shelter for Syrian refugees fleeing regime airstrikes from other parts of the country.

There is no confirmation on which military launched the attack.

This comes just hours following a Russian airstrike on a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Idlib which killed 4. 

Russia began a bombing campaign in September last year to back up those fighting for its longstanding ally Assad. Last year its pilots carried out more than 5,000 sorties.

Syrian opposition groups have accused Moscow of mainly targeting moderate rebels fighting the Assad regime as well as inflicting civilian casualties, a view shared by Western governments too. Moscow insists it is tackling "terrorist" groups such as the Islamic state [IS] group.

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