In the midst of the raging Syrian war, researchers set out to systematically document debilitating attacks on healthcare that highlight “the failure of condemnation by the international community,” the authors wrote.
Using a mobile field reporting system led by the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), researchers tracked attacks using definitions grounded in international humanitarian law. The study documented more than 200 attacks on healthcare in 2016, the majority of them on hospitals, killing 112 health workers and 185 patients. 91.5% were aerial bombings.
Comparing their data with Physicians for Human Rights' findings, based on media reports, showed the need for multiple reporting tools to cross-reference findings.