A male civilian was killed and another one was injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on the Nabd Al Hayat hospital in the town of Hayat on May 5th, 2019, according to Human Rights Watch. Other sources reported on the incident but did not mention any civilian harm.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that “fixed-wing warplanes we believe were Russian fired missiles on Nabd al Hayat Hospital- established in a cave- near Hass village in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, severely damaging the hospital facilities and equipment, on May 5, 2019.”
@Sy24ria tweeted: “The medical point called “Nabd Al-Hayat” in the town of Hass, south of Idlib, was out of service after it was bombed by Russian warplanes with four airstrikes.”
Human Rights Watch published their investigation into the incident in October 2020, reporting that one civilian man had died and another one was injured as they passed the hospital on the moment of the strike.
A medical worker at the hospital told HRW that patients were already evacuated on May 4th due to the ongoing heavy shelling. On the morning of May 5th, the source was informed by a friend with alleged connections with the Syrian government that the hospital was about to be hit by a strike: “I told my colleagues and we immediately evacuated all the remaining people.”
The source stated that he saw “an aircraft launch an attack” at 2:40 PM. HRW wrote that “satellite imagery analysis is consistent with the medical worker’s account. According to available imagery, the attack took place sometime between 10:55 a.m. on May 5, 2019 and May 7, 2019. The imagery shows multiple impact sites and destruction of the building and the adjacent road.”
All sources pointed to Russia as the responsible belligerent for the strike. According to HRW, flight spotters indicated that Russian aircraft were in the area at the time of the attack. Furthermore, “intercepted radio communications between a Russian air force pilot and Russian ground control obtained by the New York Times implicate a Russian aircraft in the attack.”
The report states that “an SCD volunteer and the health worker interviewed said they knew of no military objectives in the vicinity before or at the time of the attack, nor were there signs of military weapons, equipment, or personnel in the imagery reviewed.”
According to HRW, “had a capacity of 18 beds in three wards, and 52 staff. In May 2019, it served a community of about 300,000 people living in the countryside in southern Idlib.” As of June 2020, the hospital was still out of service.
On May 5th, alleged Syrian regime warplanes also targeted the town of Hass, reportedly killing one woman and injuring others, including children.
The incident occured at approximately 2:40 pm local time.