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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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Syria attacks: Turkey accuses Russia of 'obvious war crime'

People gather near what is said to be a hospital damaged in the attack. Credit: Reuters

Turkey has accused Russia of an "obvious war crime" after airstrikes thought to have killed up to 50 civilians in northern Syria.

Two schools, a hospital and a Medecins Sans Frontieres medical centre near the Turkish-Syrian border were hit by missiles, killing tens of people.

The strikes occurred as Russian-backed Syrian troops intensified their push toward the rebel stronghold of Aleppo.

The Turkish Prime Minister and local residents said the strikes were likely to have been by Russian or Syrian government forces.

Russia said it was targeting so-called Islamic State militants and denied its planes had targeted civilian areas.

The Turkish foreign ministry warned that bigger and more serious consequences would be inevitable if Russia does not immediately end such attacks.

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