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Second Russian female doctor dies of wounds after Aleppo shelling — ministry

December 05, 2016, 17:52 UTC+3

Earlier it was reported that a Russian female army medic was killed in a hospital shelling by militants of the opposition forces, while two other medics were wounded

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MOSCOW, December 5. /TASS/. A second Russian woman medical worker has died of wounds in Aleppo after a local hospital came under shelling, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov has said, adding that doctors were trying hard to save the life of another injured colleague.

"A Russian woman military doctor, who suffered grave wounds when ‘opposition’ militants mounted an artillery attack on the emergency ward of the Defense Ministry’s hospital in Aleppo has died. Russian and Syrian doctors did their best trying to save her life. However, the grave wounds proved incompatible with life," he said.

At the moment medics are struggling for the life of their gravely injured colleague - a children’s doctor.

"We demand from the global community, as well as from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Medecins sans Frontieres and other international organizations to resolutely condemn the intentional killing of Russian military medics, carrying out their duty of care to help civilians in Aleppo," the major general said.

"This crime by gunmen from the so-called ‘opposition’ will be investigated. All perpetrators and contractors must bear adequate responsibility for the death of Russian medics," he added.

Earlier on Monday the Russian Defense Ministry said one Russian medical worker had been killed and two others injured when "opposition" militants shelled a hospital. The Defense Ministry’s mobile hospital came under artillery attack between 12:21 and 12:30 Moscow time while the examination of local patients was in progress. The woman died when a mortar shell hit the hospital’s emergency ward.

Russian military medics from the Defense Ministry’s special purpose unit opened the hospital in Syria’s Aleppo to patients in the regained part of the city on Monday morning.

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