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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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Mitchell: If Russia did bomb hospital it would be a war crime

Andrew Mitchell says if Russia did bomb Syrian hospital it would Credit: Lauren Hurley/PA

Former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell has said that if allegations that Russia has been bombing Syrian hospitals is true then it would "undoubtedly" be a war crime.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme following the shelling of an MSF hospital yesterday Mitchell said: "Everyone knew this was a Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) hospital and undoubtedly this is a breach of the international law."

Turkey has accused Russia of being behind the missile attacks in northern Syria which are believed to have killed as many as 50 people on Monday, but the Kremlin has stated the claims were 'unfounded'.

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