Four hospitals in the Daraa province of Syria have closed their operations due to air strikes by the Syrian Government.

A charity hospital in eastern al-Gharya is the latest to shut down on Thursday. It said the decision was taken to protect its staff from the strikes by the government forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

Sayda field hospital closed after shelling on Wednesday hit its building and its neighbourhood, killing at least 13 people. Three hospital staff were killed in the attack.

"SOHR renews its appeal to UN Security Council to work on using its power in order to stop the daily killing committed against the Syrian people."

Earlier this week, N’eemah field hospital ceased to operate as parts of the building were destroyed in an aerial bombardment.

Tafas field hospital was closed after helicopters dropped barrel bombs on it.

A statement from SOHR said: "The helicopters dropped barrel bombs yesterday night on areas in the towns of Sayda and al-N’eemah, no information about casualties.

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"At least five citizens died while others were wounded after dropping explosive containers on areas in Tafs town. Two men died of wounds they had when the warplanes carried out raids yesterday on areas in the town of Sayda."

According to the organisation, 5,247 people, including 288 children died in Syria in June; 576 of them were killed by the government forces.

SOHR said: "SOHR renews its appeal to UN Security Council to work on using its power in order to stop the daily killing committed against the Syrian people and destroying their social structure, coexistence, past, present and future by using all kind of weapons, where the Syria helicopters intensified and concentrated on using explosive barrels in the last six months."