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Syria shelling puts Idlib health facility out of service

An artillery attack hit a health facility in Syria's north-west on Thursday (October 3rd), putting it out of service and wounding seven people, AFP reported.

Save the Children said artillery shells hit the southern wing of a health centre it supports in the Idlib province town of Maarat al-Numan.

A doctor was among the wounded, it added, without specifying who was behind the attack.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime artillery attacks hit the town of Maarat al-Numan on Thursday, without specifying casualties.

"The Maraat al-Numan health compound served up to 300,000 people living in the area, with on average 200 visitors daily, offering critical help to hundreds of children and their families," Save the Children said in a statement.

It said the attack put the facility out of service, but that the full extent of the damage was not yet clear.

"Yet again, civilians are paying the price of a long, deadly conflict," Save the Children spokesman Amjad Yamin said.

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