Airstrike on Khan Touman medical facility, near Aleppo, kills aid workers

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At least four aid workers were killed in an overnight airstrike on a medical triage point near Aleppo, according to their charity.

The attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Touman came one day after airstrikeshit an aid convoy in the nearby town of Uram al-Kubra, killing at least 20 people and touching off a round of blame-trading.

The U.S. said Russia was responsible for the airstrike on the aid convoy; Moscow vehemently denied any involvement.

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Men drive a motorcycle near a damaged aid truck after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
A damaged UNHCR truck is pictured after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
A Civil Defence member and a man put out a fire after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
Damaged aid trucks are pictured after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
People inspect damage after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
Damaged Red Cross and Red Crescent medical supplies lie inside a warehouse after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
A boy rides a bicycle near a damaged aid truck after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
A boy inspects a damaged aid truck after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah 
Damaged Red Cross and Red Crescent medical supplies lie inside a warehouse after an airstrike on the rebel held Urm al-Kubra town, western Aleppo city, Syria September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah 
ALEPPO, SYRIA - SEPTEMBER 20 : Wreckage of Syrian Red Crescent aid trucks are seen aid trucks were hit by airstrikes at Urum al-Kubra region in Aleppo, Syria on September 20,2 (Photo by Ahmad Hasan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - SEPTEMBER 20 : Wreckage of Syrian Red Crescent aid trucks are seen aid trucks were hit by airstrikes at Urum al-Kubra region in Aleppo, Syria on September 20,2 (Photo by Ahmad Hasan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - SEPTEMBER 20 : Wreckage of Syrian Red Crescent aid trucks are seen aid trucks were hit by airstrikes at Urum al-Kubra region in Aleppo, Syria on September 20,2 (Photo by Ahmad Hasan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - SEPTEMBER 20 : Wreckage of Syrian Red Crescent aid trucks are seen aid trucks were hit by airstrikes at Urum al-Kubra region in Aleppo, Syria on September 20,2 (Photo by Ahmad Hasan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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It was not immediately clear who launched the airstrike that hit the medical facility overnight on Tuesday.

The slain humanitarians worked for the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations and were rushing to pick up wounded from a separate attack when their ambulances were hit. Two nurses and two ambulance drivers were killed, according to the organization.

It said a fifth staff member — a nurse — was critically injured in the airstrike, which "completely destroyed" the medical center and left "many victims" buried in the rubble.

The organization condemned the "unacceptable" loss of life, saying in a statement that aid workers and medical personnel are protected under international law.

"They give their lives to save others," the organization added. "The instigators of these acts must be held responsible."

It declined to comment on who may have conducted the attack, saying only that it was an "aerial bombardment."

According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least nine rebels also died in the airstrikes — with the death toll likely to rise.

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