Shocking Video: Entire District Destroyed By Russian Cluster Bombs In Aleppo As Air Strikes Hit Five Hospitals And Two Schools And Death Toll Has Hit 50

A second hospital, run by Doctors Without Borders, was destroyed (pictured) further south in Idlib province

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  • Clip shows two separate bombs being dropped just seconds apart in Syria 
  • Air strikes hit long lines of buildings in both instances, illuminating the sky
  • After the bombings the death toll, which includes children, has risen to 50
  • U.N. chiefs said the strikes were 'blatant violations of international laws' 
  • Two hospitals and school also destroyed by missiles in Azaz, north Syria
  • Thousands are sheltering in the rebel-held city amid regime advances
  • Further south in Idlib a second hospital, run by MSF, was also destroyed 

A shocking video shows an entire district destroyed by Russian cluster bombs in Aleppo as air strikes hit five hospitals and two schools.

The death toll after the attacks in Syria today has risen to 50 with many more expected to be wounded.

It is believed that among the dead are children with the bombings condemned by U.N. chiefs.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haqsaid said the attacks were 'blatant violations of international laws' that 'are further degrading an already devastated health care system and preventing access to education in Syria.'  

Devastation: This is the moment Russian cluster bombs destroy buildings in the Syrian city of Aleppo

Impact: The first bomb dropped by the Russian fighter jet hits buildings in Aleppo - causing a flash of light

In the clip, which appears to have been filmed on a mobile phone, a fighter jet is seen flying above the city before the camera turns to Aleppo's skyline which is swiftly illuminated in the distance by a great flash.

A thunderous boom then follows as the bombs destroy the area, with grey smoke emerging after. 

Mere seconds later the same sequence happens again, but closer to the camera, as a series of blocks are lit up by the cluster bombs, just behind a treeline.

Destruction: The missile illuminates the city's skyline with a large amount of buildings left destroyed or burning

Two sequences are captured in the film, with buildings being targeted in the distance and the foreground of the filmmaker's view. Pictured, the second sequence where a series of buildings behind a treeline are destroyed

Smoke emerges from the destruction of the second bomb which followed a thunderous boom created by its impact

The video emerges after activists say ballistic missiles, thought to be Russian, hit a children's hospital and school in Azaz, near the Turkish border, with three children and a pregnant woman among the dead.

They said at least five missiles hit the rebel-held town where refugees fleeing a major Syrian army offensive in the Aleppo area were sheltering.

 A resident said another refugee shelter south of the town was also hit by bombs dropped by jets believed to be Russian.

Tens of thousands of people have fled to the town - the last rebel stronghold before the border with Turkey - from towns and villages where there is heavy fighting between the Syrian army and militias.

Juma Rahal, a medic, told Reuters: 'We have been moving scores of screaming children from the hospital.'

Three children and a pregnant woman were among those killed in the hospital airstrike in Azaz today

A man covers the bodies of some of those killed in the bombing just a few miles from the Turkish border 

A man wounded in the airstrikes in northern Syria is brought for medical treatment at Kilis Hospital in Turkey

A young boy with a broken leg lies in a hospital following the attack on a medical centre in Azaz

Another child, pictured with blood still staining his jumper, required treatment to his hand


The hospital in Azaz (pictured) was hit by missiles that killed at least 11 people, including three children

Several children were killed and ambulances ferried scores of injured people to Turkey for treatment, he said.

And French charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) claims that at least eight staff are missing after rockets hit a hospital that it supported in the province of Idlib in north western Syria.

In a statement, MSF said the hospital was hit with four times in at least two attacks. It said the attacks were minutes apart, adding that at least eight members of staff are currently missing.

'This appears to be a deliberate attack on a health structure, and we condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms,' said Massimiliano Rebaudengo, MSF's mission chief.

'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.' 

The aid group said the hospital had 30 beds, 54 staff members, two operating theatres, an outpatients department and an emergency room.

The statement added that MSF has been supporting the hospital since September and covered all its needs, including providing medical supplies and running costs.

Opposition activist Yahya al-Sobeih said: 'The entire building has collapsed on the ground. All members of the medical team inside are believed to be dead.'

Paramedics and volunteers were now working on removing the rubble, he added.

Pictured, the missile, which was one of eight launched by the Russian ships anchored near near Latakia Port, sits smoking among the olive trees

A teenager is given medical treatment in Kilis State Hospital after being taken across the Turkish border to receive treatment following the airstrikes

Turkish medics carry a man still covered in bloodstains after the hospital in Azaz was hit by missiles

A man is stretchered into a hospital on the Turkish side of the border, where only the injured are allowed to cross to flee the bloodshed

People gather near a crater caused by the airstrikes in Azaz, believed to be the work of Russia

Syrian men carry a body on a stretcher from the ruins of hospital after it was bombed today, killing at least 11 people - including three children and a pregnant woman

The four-story building once was a cement company but had served as a makeshift clinic during the war, said al-Sobeih.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed Russian warplanes targeted the MSF hospital.

Syrian troops have been on the offensive in northern Syria under the cover of Russian airstrikes since February 1.

Although Moscow denies causing civilian casualties in its bombing campaign in Syria, Putin is coming under increasing criticism for the killings.

Yesterday US Senator John McCain accused him of deliberately targeting civilian facilities in a bid to fuel the migration crisis and destablise Europe.

Other Western officials have expressed doubt that a temporary ceasefire, agreed by most interested parties and due to come into effect on Friday, will work in the face of the Russian aggression.

Today Turkey accused Russia of acting as a 'terrorist organisation' in Syria and vowed to deliver a 'decisive response' to its bombing campaign in support of Bashar al-Assad.

Turkey has long backed Assad's ouster and like other Western nations accuses Russia of predominantly bombing Syrian rebel groups backed by Washington and its allies instead of ISIS.

A man carries a child from a damaged building in Azaz, where a school was also struck by the missiles

Smoke billows from a fire at the southeastern Turkey town of Nusaybin where Turkish forces are battling militants linked to the PKK, which they claim are taking advantage of the conflict in the area

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Russia is acting like a 'terrorist organisation' in its actions across the Middle East

It also warned it would not allows the town of Azaz to fall into the hands of a Kurdish militia and its fighters will face the 'harshest reaction' if they approach it.

A major offensive supported by Russian bombing and Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias has brought the Syrian army to within 15 miles of the Turkish border.

The Kurdish YPG militia has exploited the situation, seizing ground from Syrian rebels to extend its presence along the Turkish border.

Turkey is infuriated by the expansion of Kurdish influence in northern Syria, fearing it will encourage separatist ambitions among its own Kurds.

The YPG, which Ankara considers to be a terrorist group, controls nearly all of Syria's frontier with Turkey.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said YPG fighters would have taken control of Azaz and the town of Tal Rifaat further south had it not been for Turkish artillery firing at them over the weekend.

'YPG elements were forced away from around Azaz. If they approach again they will see the harshest reaction. We will not allow Azaz to fall.'

He said Turkey would make the Menagh air base north of the city of Aleppo 'unusable' if the YPG, which seized it over the weekend from Syrian insurgents, did not withdraw.

He warned the YPG not to move east of the Afrin region or west of the Euphrates River, long a 'red line' for Ankara.

By Bradley Hayes 16/02/2016 11:12:00