Grave concerns have been voiced over reports of attacks on seven healthcare facilities in Syria between the 28th and 30th of August.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the facilities include four hospitals and two primary healthcare centres that were functional at the time they were hit. At least two facilities were destroyed. Of the seven facilities reported to be affected, attacks on four facilities have been verified according to WHO reporting standards and three are in the process of verification.
In a statement, the WHO said the latest attacks come at a time of increased hostilities in and around Idlib province. In August alone, more than 130,000 people were displaced from Northern Hama and Idlib governorates.
“This pattern of continued forced displacement, and damage or destruction of essential civilian infrastructure such as health facilities, is a deeply disturbing reality in the Syrian conflict. The reported attack on a maternity and children’s hospital that provides vital services to the most vulnerable affected by the conflict is particularly egregious. WHO deplores all actions that put civilians in harm's way and prevent people from accessing life-saving services when they are most needed,” the statement said.