The World Health Organization (WHO) has strongly condemned attacks on health facilities in north-western Syria over the past fortnight, which have left three healthcare workers dead and affected more than 300,000 people.
Since 28 April, 12 health structures have been hit, with three facilities struck in one day alone including two major hospitals. The health facilities that were hit in northern Hama and southern Idleb provided a total of 30,000 consultations, 860 hospital admissions and 700 surgeries per month to a highly vulnerable population.
“These attacks against health facilities and other civilian infrastructure are a grave and totally unacceptable development,” said Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region. “International humanitarian law safeguards civilians, even in the most violent of conflicts. And according to the Geneva Convention, health facilities and civilians - especially the most vulnerable - must be protected.”
“Health facilities must never be attacked or damaged, and health workers should be allowed to provide medical treatment and services to all people in need wherever they are,” the WHO said in a statement.