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Syrian Children's Hospital Hit, Destroyed by Airstrikes, Says Spokesman

More than 300 people have been killed in the rural eastern Ghouta district on the outskirts of Damascus since Sunday night

A picture taken on February 21, 2018 shows a view through a heavily damaged room in a pediatric care department in a hospital that was hit by a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held enclave of Hamouria in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus
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A children's hospital in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta in Syria has been hit by four four air strikes, the hospital spokesman said on Wednesday.

The al Shifa hospital - located in the territory on which Syrian government forces have launched their biggest offensive yet to recapture -- has lost its intensive care, incubator and surgical units, putting it out of service spokesman Abdel Moueen Homsi said.

He said three others, Arbeen, Saqba and al Hayat hospitals had been attacked.

Eastern Ghouta childen's hospital hit, destroyed by strikes - medical spokesmanReuters

More than 300 people have been killed in the rural eastern Ghouta district on the outskirts of Damascus since Sunday night, and many hundreds have been wounded, according to human rights monitors and aid agencies who say Russian and Syrian planes have struck hospitals and other civilian targets.

 ''Israel is better than him, I swear to God, I swear on my honour, it is better that it occupies us and take us and not him, the bastard. God curse his soul," said an unidentified resident of Hammouriyeh.

Nearly 400,000 people live under siege in eastern Ghouta according to the United Nations, the danger from bombs compounded by shortages of food and medicine.