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Air strike near Syria's Aleppo kills five

A boy rides a bicycle near a damaged aid truck after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20, 2016. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Aleppo, Syria Sep 21, 2016, 02.59 PM (IST)
Five employees of an international aid agency were killed today in an air strike on a medical facility near Aleppo in Syria.

Two nurses of the Paris-based Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) were among those killed.

Syria has been witnessing heavy raids even as the United Nations discusses the Syrian ceasefire.

An aid convoy was attacked in the same region yesterday, killing 21 people. Russia has since denied its involvement in the attacks.

At least nine rebel fighters of the Islamist group, Jaish al-Fatah, were also killed in Tuesday’s attack, UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group informed.

“Somebody is trying to tell us humanitarian workers are not welcome in Syria, that we are a target, that we will be killed," UOSSM's Dr Zaydoun al Zoubi told the BBC.

A Syrian warplane also crashed north of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

No one has so far claimed responsibility for the attack on the medical centre in the rebel-held town of Khan Touman.

Meanwhile, the US and Russia were engaged in a verbal battle over the ceasefire failure in Syria.

The UN has suspended all aid convoys in Syria after Monday’s attack.

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