Video footage taken moments after a missile hit a hospital in northern Syria in what has been called by charities a "deliberate" attack has revealed the devastation wreaked by the air strikes on Syria's civilian population.
The video, which was taken by the French-based Syria Charity, shows distressed newborn babies crying in their incubators after a bomb hit the hospital in the town of Azaz near the Turkish border on Monday killing at least five people and wounding dozens.
The hospital is one of two hit in suspected Russian air strikes in northern Syria. At least 20 people were killed and dozens wounded.
At least seven people were killed after a hospital in Marat Al Numan, Idlib was also hit. Eight members of staff have also disappeared - it is not known if they are dead or alive.
In another village, an air raid also hit a school, killing seven more.
The 30-bed hospital in Idlib was hit four times in two series of at least two attacks within a few minutes of each other on Monday, MSF said.
Massimiliano Rebaudengo, MSF’s Head of Mission, told the Independent: “This appears to be a deliberate attack on a health structure, and we condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms.
“The destruction of the hospital leaves the local population of around 40,000 people without access to medical services in an active zone of conflict.
In the footage taken inside the hospital in Azaz, babies’ cries accompany a high-pitched alarm as medical staff rush to deal with the immediate after-effects of the strike.
Machines, disrupted from the bombing, hang from the walls above the infants and debris litters the floor around the incubators.
The charity’s video is accompanied with the caption: “First moments after the bombing. Not terrorists, or fighters, just babies.”
Pictures shared on Twitter from the charity show the damage done to the hospital, which has been left crumbling.
ALERTE INFO : Nouvelle attaque contre notre hôpital mère-enfant à Azzaz il y a quelques minutes ! pic.twitter.com/l2OPyYpxEx— Syria Charity (@SyriaCharity) February 15, 2016
Syria Charity has operated in the country since 2011 and provide medical services and food packages for civilians and run an orphan sponsorship programme.
The hospital in Azaz has been operating since February 2015 and mainly provides pediatric and obstetric care, it has seen almost 3,000 births.
Anfal Seddik, a spokeswoman from Syria Charity, told the Independent 15 medical staff had been injured in the bombing. Two have been seriously wounded with one being transported to Turkey for further treatment and another undergoing surgery.
She also confirmed 13 local civilians had been killed.
"There has been a lot of damage to medical equipment, some beyond repair," said Ms Seddik. "We were originally a 34-bed facility with more than a hundred staff, but now, since another bombing in December, we are down to 18 beds only."
Much of the equipment seen in the video, including machines used to give oxygen to new-born infants, has been damaged. The hospital is now completely empty due to the extent of the destruction.
"Several thousands of patients use the hospital every month [...] so this will affect the care we can give to thousands of people."
People on the ground as well as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights have attributed the air strike to the Russian government.
Ms Seddik added: "The air strikes definitely came from the Russian government because they are sophisticated missiles."
"The Syrian government has no such equipment. However, the Russian government and Syrian authorities are both incriminated here, they are both responsible for what is happening."
In pictures: Russian air strikes in Syria
In pictures: Russian air strikes in Syria
Syrian boys cry following Russian air strikes on the rebel-held Fardous neighbourhood of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo
Russian defense ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia. Konashenkov strongly warned the United States against striking Syrian government forces and issued a thinly-veiled threat to use Russian air defense assets to protect them
Syrians wait to receive treatment at a hospital following Russian air strikes on the rebel-held Fardous neighbourhood of the northern embattled Syrian city of Alepp
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov speaks at a briefing in the Defense Ministry in Moscow, Russia. Antonov said the Russian air strikes in Syria have killed about 35,000 militants, including about 2,700 residents of Russia
Jameel Mustafa Habboush, receives oxygen from civil defence volunteers, known as the white helmets, as they rescue him from under the rubble of a building following Russian air strikes on the rebel-held Fardous neighbourhood of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo
Civil defence members rest amidst rubble in a site hit by what activists said were airstrikes carried out by the Russian air force in the town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria
A girl carrying a baby inspects damage in a site hit by what activists said were airstrikes carried out by the Russian air force in the town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria
Civilians and civil defence members look for survivors at a site damaged after Russian air strikes on the Syrian rebel-held city of Idlib, Syria
Civilians and civil defence members carry an injured woman on a stretcher at a site damaged after Russian air strikes on the Syrian rebel-held city of Idlib, Syria
Volunteers from Syria Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, help civilians after Russia carried out its first airstrikes in Syria
The aftermath of Russian airstrike in Talbiseh, Syria
Smoke billows from buildings in Talbiseh, in Homs province, western Syria, after airstrikes by Russian warplanes
Russian Air Forces carry out an air strike in the ISIS controlled Al-Raqqah Governorate. Russia's KAB-500s bombs completely destroy the Liwa al-Haqq command unit
Caspian Flotilla of the Russian Navy firing Kalibr cruise missiles against remote Isis targets in Syria
Â© TASS/ITAR-TASS Photo/Corbis
Russia claimed it hit eight Isis targets, including a "terrorist HQ and co-ordination centre" that was completely destroyed
A video grab taken from the footage made available on the Russian Defence Ministry's official website, purporting to show an airstrike in Syria
A release from the Russian defence ministry purportedly showing targets in Syria being hit
Russia launched air strikes in war-torn Syria, its first military engagement outside the former Soviet Union since the occupation of Afghanistan in 1979. Russian warplanes carried out strikes in three Syrian provinces along with regime aircraft as Putin seeks to steal US President Barack Obama's thunder by pushing a rival plan to defeat Isis militants in Syria
Caspian Flotilla of the Russian Navy firing Kalibr cruise missiles against remote Isis targets in Syria, a thousand kilometres away. The targets include ammunition factories, ammunition and fuel depots, command centres, and training camps
Â© TASS/ITAR-TASS Photo/Corbis
Ms Seddik believes the air strikes are worsening and staff are bracing themselves for further bombings. As a result they say they are making plans to evacuate the hospital for fear of further damage.
"There has been an agreement for a cessation of the hostilities, however still the Russians have been striking, in places were there are no terrorists, no soldiers , just civilians," Me seddik said, referencing the Syrian peace deal agreed on Thursday.
"The people on the ground are really traumatised they are frightened, the patients, the mothers, the babies. Everybody is really shocked."
The strikes come days after Russia and other world powers agreed to a limited cessation of hostilities after talks in Munich.
Syrian troops have been on the offensive in northern Syria under the cover of Russian air strikes over the past week. The ground offensive has been focused on the northern province of Aleppo.Reuse content