Two-day-old baby among dead after makeshift Syrian hospitals are hit by air raids

Doctors say newborn was killed after his oxygen supply was cut


Screengrab of footage from children's hospital in the wake of the attack | Photo: IDA

A two-day-old baby is among the dead after four makeshift hospitals were hit by air raids in Syria this weekend.

The strikes on the battered city of Aleppo have struck over the last 24 hours and also hit a local blood bank, according to doctors.

The Independent Doctors' Association said a children's hospital, the last specialised pediatrics centre in the city, was struck twice in less than 12 hours, and then again in the middle of the night. 

"The doctors could only yell for their colleagues to take cover and shield the babies," the group said in a statement.

The newborn was killed during the second attack after his oxygen supply was cut, according to the IDA, which released the video below following the raid. 

It said the four hospitals are "going out of service as a result of the escalating series of aerial attacks taking place against health facilities in Aleppo by Syrian and Russian warplanes".

Meanwhile, the Syrian government has said it is prepared to enter into peace talks with opposition groups.

A senior official quoted by Reuters, via state news agency SANA, said it is "is ready to continue the Syrian-Syrian dialogue without any preconditions ... and without foreign interference, with the support of the United Nations".

The conflict has killed more than 280,000 people in the last five years.