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hospitals and a school hit in two separate airstrikes in northern syria, more than 21 killed and dozens injured. turkey and russia in a war of words, as fighting escalates inside syria. you're watching al jazeera live from doha. also coming up, a ugandan opposition leader running for penalty is arrested while campaigning in the capitol. i'm in stoke home, sweden where aid workers and officials are struggle to figure out how to best help child refugees and
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migrants who have arrived here alone in the past year. hello, we begin with a series of airstrikes across syria with the majority taking operation close to its northern border with turkey. in the town of azaz, 14 were killed when missiles hit a children's hospital, a school and other locations. turkey is blaming russia for the attack. doctors without borders says a clinic has been destroyed in idlib province, killing seven. the medical group said either syrian government or russian forces are responsible. in aleppo, this video apparently shows the aftermath of an air strike on the district, an entire building collapsed. crossing over to our correspondent zeina hodor joining us from the turkey,
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syria border. tell us why there seems to be an escalation on the northern border between syria and turkey. >> well, yes, doreen, like you mentioned, an m.s.f. health supported agency has been destroyed. multiple airstrikes is what we understand, doctors without border confirming the facility has been destroyed, there have been casualties and this facility really serving 40,000 people that in region. they now don't have access to medical services. the province is controlled by the opposition and often comes under attack from the skies. this i also a devastating blow and is not the first time. a week ago in the southern province, an m.s.f. supported facility was also hit, the 13th facility to be hit in the past two months alone. services inside syria has all
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but collapsed, hospitals have been hit. the m.s.f. calling on the warring sides to respect these facilities, because targeting them is against international law. that is in idlib. in azaz, the hospital, a school and other locations were also targeted, people were killed. as azaz being close to the turkish border is part of an ongoing battle for a very strategic corner of syria. >> as this fighting escalates inside the country, turkey and russia exchanging this war of words, turkish foreign minister speaking just a short time ago, leveling accusations at russia, what did he have to say? >> well, like i mentioned, this border town of azaz is now a front line really between russia and turkey, turkey making it very clear that this talk about is a red line for yours and we will not allow it to fall. it is controlled by the
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opposition, opposition groups that are backed by turkey, but the y.p.g., the kurdish armed group is advancing, and it is very close to storming azaz, so the turkish government making it very clear that they will not allow this to happen, they have already been targeting y.p.g. positions in the northern countryside of aleppo and russia saying that what many in the opposition will tell you is that the russian airstrikes in azaz was a message to turkey that there is no red line and we want to capture this territory. there are two major offensives underway against the opposition in the northern country side of aleppo, one led by the government and the other by the y.p.g. the y.p.g. advancing, the government advancing and opposition increasingly squeezed. turkey does not want this vital northern corridor to fall to the opposition. so far, it has been shelling y.p.g. targets. it is not clear what else it condition do, because in effect,
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russia controls the skiles over syria. >> thank you for that update. >> russia is saying that it will continue its airstrikes near the syrian city of aleppo even if there's agreement on cessation of hostilities. moscow is also seriously concerned about what its are aggressive actions by turkey on the border with syria. within hours, the turkish prime minister had hit back. >> russian airstrikes have been directed at aleppo in the human aid corridor breached by russian and syrian regime forces. hearing the declaration statement made by russian foreign minister today despite agreement in munich a short time goes to show that russia is in tent unmaskers and aggressive stance in syria. syria forces are pawns manipulated by russia.
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>> here's roar challands with an update from moscow. >> the last few days of intensified fighting in syria, i think demonstrate that as we push up to the supposed cessation of hostilities, the regional powers involved here are going to be trying to push home their objectives and their vantages. russia has been very critical of several days of turkish shelling of kurdish positions in the north of syria, calling these agoive acts that they run counter to the pledges that turkey has made as part of the international support group for syria and also it runs counter to u.n. security council resolutions. russia has also said that even after the cessation of hostilities comes into effect, it will carry on its air campaign, because it says that it has an obligation to carry on striking what it calls terrorist
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groups, but of course, what russia calls a terrorist group and what turkey calls a terrorist group differ. turkey considers the kurdish groups to be terrorists, russia considers them to be an integral part of the intersir i can't be dialogue and wants them involved in any political settlements for syria that gets negotiated sometime down the track. >> the free syrian army has said they won't stop fighting until president bashar al assad is forced to step down. injured rebel fighters from the group are often sent to israeli hospitals for treatment. >> israeli military medics treating a syrian fighter. they have brought him to the hospital in northern israel for emergency surgery. around 2,000 syrians have been treated in israeli medical facilities since fighting began four years ago, it's part of an israeli policy to provide medical assistance to armed groups that battle against arch
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rival hezbollah and other iranian backed fighters that are typically loyal to president bashar al assad. this doctor is one of the main surgeons here. a palestinian israeli, he speaks fluent arabic and has treated hundreds of syrian fighters. >> what they are, who they belong to, it has become something usual. >> he takes us to a ward under armed guard by israeli soldiers. this is where anti assad syrian fighters recover from their injuries. this 22-year-old is part of the free syrian army. he lost his leg in a russian air strike two months ago and has been receiving treatment at the hospital to save his other leg ever since. an internationally brokered deal
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which would see a cessation of hostilities in syria won't work unless assad is forced to step down. >> i will continue to fight. personally, i will go back to fighting because my family suffered a lot under the assad regime. he is a criminal. >> although israel is not one of the 17 member countries of the syria support group which signed a cessation of hostilities agreement, al jazeera is told that it closely monitored the munich talks. although israel is technically at war in syria, it clearly has an interest in hostilities there and potential of ceasefire. one concern is the growing influence of iran, particularly close to the borders with syria that it occupies. >> israel captured the goal man heights from syria in 1967 and annexed it in 19 ate one, a move not recognized under international law.
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syria's war has periodically spilled over into the occupied territory but israel has made great efforts not to be drown into the conflict. until the violence ends, syrian fighters fighting against groups loyal to assad will continue to be brought to israeli hospitals for treatment. more than 10,000 unaccompanied children arriving as refugees have disappeared. it is feared many have become victims of trafficking. sweden has received the most child refugees in europe last year. >> in swedes capitol, you see them all over. as much on the margins of stockholm as they are on the margins of society, these unaccompanied minors are running from the system while hiding in plain sight. for three days, every attempt we made to interview these children was met with fear. some questions were answered far
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from the camera, other questions were greeted with first skepticism and later hostility. by night, police watch out for them. by day, social workers look out for them. >> i can understand some of them try to avoid us and when they don't know what we want with them, this is actually just a way for us to be able to offer them support. >> lindquist works with moroccan street children. >> they end up in this sort of legal limbo, where they have no future. they can't make sense of life, and why stay in a system that eventually will expel you? what is the point of that?
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a lot of them actually choose, they choose to leave. >> the past year has seen tens of thousand was unaccompanied minors arrive in sweden. the issue of what to do with them has become an extremely controversial one at a time when anti immigration sentiment is growing. the countries interior minister readily acknowledges how difficult it will be finding the best solution. >> it's easy, i would guess, for children, even if they're in the system to either flee or go missing, as well. >> yes, we don't jail children because they're children. we have the children's rights, where we have a certain responsibility, as well, so we have to deal with different children, with different resources and different ages in different ways. >> some, he suggests should be placed in locked detention facilities, like this one, just outside stockholm, where we find
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this 18-year-old. we are hiding his identity for his protection. he thought life would get better in sweden when he arrived and placed in a camp. >> i was put in school and learn swedish in a short time but then i was refused asylum and it was such a shock. >> twice he appealed, twice more his claim was rejected. fearing deportation, he ran off. petty crime, he tells me, was the only way he could make ends meet. >> theorizing in the airport here that moroccoens are criminals. kids and teenagers out of options, having no idea where they should go even as they try to somehow keep going, al jazeera, stockholm, sweden. we'll have more reports on
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child refugees in europe. >> coming up on tuesday, i gain exclusive access to a center for unaccompanied child refugees in sweden where aid workers say the children in their charge remain as vulnerable as ever. a you gun daen opposition leader running for president has been released after detained by police. he was holding his last campaign rally ahead of elections on thursday. reports suggest he was holding an illegal rally in central kampala. he has lost three disputed elections against the president. still ahead, a damning report on mental health across england. we'll tell you what it says. i'll report on how the berlin film festival is highlighting films which show the complex reality of life in iran.
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>> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts,
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beyond the soundbites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making our world what it is. >> top stories on al jazeera, in the town of azaz in syria, 14 civilians have been killed whens missiles hit a hospital, school and other locations, turkey blaming russia for that he is attacks. doctors without borders says its hospital has come under attack in idlib, killing seven people. the medical group said either syrian forces or russian forces were responsible.
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a deal has been negotiated in morocco for weeks and we have this report. >> after months and months of fighting, libyan's warring factions have now formed a national unity government. >> we've enough submitted the minister's name to the parliament, which we hope will approve this government, taking into consideration the dangerous situation libya finds itself in. >> since the overthrow that muammar gaddafi, there have been two competing governments, one in to before you can and one based in the capital tripoli. each side with its own militia and foreign backers. retired army general haftar has been leading force that is back the government in tobruk. added to this, isil increased
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its attacks over the past 12 months, taking over oil fields, kidnapping and killing hostages and just a few days ago, the armed group released video which appears to show the downing of a fighter jet. the united nations has been trying to get a political agreement signed for years, initially through its envoy leone. leone was widely discredited after offered a high paying job by the united arab emirates, one of haftar's main backers in the region. since hess replacement last year, progress appears to have been made. unity talks led to a presidential council formed a few weeks ago. libya's politicians urge the world to support the newly formed unity government. >> we call on owl regional powers to support the libyan people's efforts by backing this unit government. we call on the international community to do the same in
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supporting the people of libya. >> this week marks five years since lebens took to the streets in a revolution. they had hoped to bring about prosperity. now it's hoped the political stability will help achieve the goals. al jazeera. more airstrikes by the saudi-led coalition in yemen left a number of people dead. five people were killed and 10 injured in a town north of sanna. many people have now fled fearing more airstrikes. the coalition is fighting to restore the government, which was overthrown by shia houthi rebels. former israeli prime is set to begin an 18 month prison sentence for bribery, olmert is
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the first prime minister to go to jail. his sentencing is part of a plea bargain. >> this change is painful and strange for me and my family and supporters. it's important for me to say i reject outright the bribery accusations against me. mental health care in england is so poor and underfunded that lives are being ruined, that's according to a report from a national health service. how bad is the problem? according to the report, one in four people will experience mental problems each year. 75% of those who do experience a problem, receive no help at all. those who experience severe mental health problems can expect on average a 15-20 years shorter life than healthy people. trying to deal with the problem
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is costing the n.h.s. nearly $8 billion a year. we have an explanation of what needs to be done. >> the key message of our report today is far too few people are getting the right kind of help in the right kind of time. task force reporters set out three areas that need to be particularly addressed, making sure people get help when in crisis, so they can be assured help can come quickly and at the right time. bringing together physical and mental health much more. we know when people go and have contact with the health service and physical side, they often don't get help for their needs. thirdly, a focus on prevention and promotion of positive mental health so that the really challenges many people face in our society can be addressed as quickly as possible. waiting to hear from the n.h.s. that our recommendation is being
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backed for 1 billion pounds extra to help support these recommendations, but it's not just about the money, the money is important, of course, but it's also about a new mindset inside the health system, which puts mental health and people with mental health problems at the heart of the way in which the health system thinks and operates, so much greater transparency about the effect that mental health services able to have on people, but also raising that this is an issue for communities more widely, recognizing that it's a local level. we need to work with local communities to form the right kinds of plans and it's chose kinds of plans that are really ultimately going to come up with the delivery that's going to suit local communities up and down the country. the australian government is coming under pressure after a hospital in brisbane refused to discharge a migrant baby facing deportation. the 1-year-old girl has been treated for serious burns after
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scalded with hot water in a refugee camp. we have a report where rights groups are protesting in support of the baby and her family. >> inside this brisbane hospital is the baby whose situation has come to symbolize and personalize everything that's controversial of australia's policy towards refugees. this crowd of 300 or more people is here to support her, to stop the baby and her parents deported to neru. her parents came by boat to 2013. australia's tough policies against refugees, they were immediately deported to neru island. there she got pregnant. the baby was born here, but you the parents and baby returned to the island. in january of this year, the baby had an accident, boiling water was poured on her and she was brought by air ambulance back here to australia. australia's government now that she is medically better would
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like to send her back to neru, but the hospital staff, the doctors and nurses won't let the baby be some kind formally because they don't want her sent back. getting access to the mother and baby, there are very strict restrictions on who can go in, but natasha, you know the mother very well. you were working with save the children on the island with her. you have been able to see her. how is she? how is the baby? >> the baby is doing well. she seems to have healed well and the mother is completely overwhelmed. i think she's been really disincreased by the injuries to the baby and that turned to the distress about the prospect of returning to neru. with this support, she is feeling much better. >> why won't the hospital discharge her. >> they are saying that she doesn't have a safe home to go to. that's what a doctor would do for any child taken to a
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hospital. if they didn't have a safe home, the hospital would not discharge that child until they did. at this point, we're waiting. >> thank you very much. the mother and child are being kept behind two guards from the immigration democratic inside the hospital here. this protest began on saturday and has grown in numbers every evening since then. the people here say they won't leave here. there will be a permanent presence until they get a guarantee that the baby won't be deported to neru. other stand in similar situations if the australian government gets its way. the australian prime minister was asked about the situation here facing the baby and others. he said every case will be dealt with compassionately. he didn't want to give any inept sentive to people smugglers bringing people to australia.
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pope francis visited a children's hospital in mexico city. the pontiff gave a polio vaccine shot to one child during his visit. he was accompanied by mexico's first lady. earlier, pope francis held mass in front of millions of people in a notoriously violent and poor suburb off of the capitol. several movie makers from iran are trying to show the world what life is like back home, showcasing their work at the berlin film festival. ♪ >> they're young and behind bars, and forgotten by society. the teenage girls in the documentary starless dreams have
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committed serious crimes. the director said it's tragic that many would prefer to stay inside the correctional facilities than go back to their families. >> if you show their pain, their dreams, what they think, we can try to solve our problem with us and our children and i think we can live in better world. >> another iranian production showing in berlin is fictional but based in reality. a street gang in tehran carries out kidnappings. by exflooring their reason for turning to crime, it explores social injustice. >> the golden bear for best film
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actually went to an iranian film, taxi last year. this year, there are four iranian films, as well as two made by foreign based iranian directors. it's a sign of an industry growing in stature and diversity. >> this critic says that winning was a turning point for iranian movie makers. >> many iranian movies is trying to follow its ways and to bring some tense, nervous movies which reflects the current life of iranians usually in the big cities, usually in the middle class, and to show how they try to survive under very severe economic problems. >> whether documentaries or fiction, these films offer a
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rare insight into the complexities of life in iran. more on the films that were show cased in the berlin film festival on our website. there, you'll find the news, the top stories, as well, recovering for you at al jazeera, all at >> politics in the nation's highest court, democrats and republicans gear up for battle over replacing supreme court justice antonin scalia. an air strike hits a doctors without borders facility. rush is blamed. the push for a long term plan to battle opioid addiction.