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Russia denies 'war crime' claim after fatal hospital airstrikes

The Kremlin has rejected claims that Russia has committed a 'war crime' stating accusations it was behind the bombing of a hospital in Syria are "unfounded".

It comes after Turkey accused Russia of an "obvious war crime" yesterday after almost 50 civilians were thought to have been killed in missile attacks in northern Syria.

The attacks took place in the Idlib province and Azaz near the Turkish border.

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Turkish PM vows not to let Syrian town of Azaz 'fall'

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Credit: APTN

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has vowed not to let the town of Azaz in Syria fall into the hands of Kurdish-backed militia.

They have recently gained ground along the border with Turkey at the expense of rebel fighters, who have been struggling to hold ground amid a massive offensive by Syrian government forces backed by Russian airstrikes.

He warned that they will face the "harshest reaction" if they tried to capture the rebel stronghold town near the Turkish border.

"If they come closer to Azaz, they would see the harshest reaction. We won't let Azaz fall. The entire world should know this", Mr Davutoglu insisted.

Mr Davutoglu also accused Russia of being responsible for missile attacks in the town that killed at least 14 civilians when a children's hospital and a refugee shelter were hit.

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