Tuesday 27 September 2016

Air strikes destroy hospital in Islamic State-held area of Iraq

Published 14/08/2015 | 13:18

The strikes hit a hospital in Islamic State-held territory in Iraq. (AP)
The strikes hit a hospital in Islamic State-held territory in Iraq. (AP)

Iraqi government air strikes have destroyed a women and children's hospital in Islamic State-held territory near the city of Fallujah, killing several people, according to local authorities.

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Anbar provincial council said Iraqi planes were targeting IS militants in the village of Nassaf, just south of Fallujah, when the hospital was hit.

A senior official overseeing operations at several Fallujah-area hospitals said at least 22 women and children were killed in the air strike.

Yahya Rasool, a spokesman for the Iraqi defence ministry, said Iraqi troops do not target hospitals and schools or other civilian facilities, even if they are occupied by militants.

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