WHO Condemns Attacks on Hospitals

Following attacks on 5 hospitals in Syria in a 48-hour period earlier this week, the WHO condemned the bombings, demanding that all parties in the conflict respect the safety and neutrality of health workers and facilities.

The Numbers:

  • 3 hospitals in Western Rural Aleppo and 2 hospitals in Idleb were attacked, killing at least 2 people, and wounding 19 there, including 6 medical workers
  • WHO has documented 126 such attacks in 2016
  • All 3 hospitals in Western Rural Aleppo were providing over 10,000 consultations/month
  • An attack on an Idleb mobile clinic deprives over 3500 patients of basic health care access.

In response, the WHO writes, “The pattern of attacks indicates that health care is being deliberately targeted in the Syrian conflict – this is a major violation of international law and a tragic disregard of our common humanity.”
Source: WHO

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