MSF says hospitals in Syria attacked 400 times

Doctors Without Borders says hospitals were attacked 400 times and 700 medical staff members were killed in Syria since civil war erupted in 2011

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Smoke rises from a location said to be a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) supported hospital in Marat al Numan, Idlib, Syria, February 15, 2016 in this still image taken from a video on a social media website.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) stated on Tuesday that hospitals in Syria have faced at least 400 attacks and around 700 medical staff members have been killed since 2011 when the Syrian civil war broke out.

Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa, MSF coordinator in Syria told Turkey’s Anadolu Agency that “The air strikes targeting medical facilities in Syria violate international law.”

“MSF strongly condemns such attacks,” he continued.

Zabalgogeazkoa’s remarks came after Russian air strikes killed almost 50 civilians and injured dozens of people on Monday, when missiles hit five medical centres and two schools in opposition-held Syrian towns.

A hospital supported by French medical charity organisation MSF in the town of Idlib was also amongst Russia’s targets.

Zabalgogeazkoa said two hospitals run by MSF and seven others supported by the organisation were hit by air strikes since the beginning of the Syrian war.

World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said that the attacks on medical facilities in Syria terrify the organisation.

Jasarevic said “These attacks in Syria prevent people, especially children, from fundamental health services.”

Russia got involved in the Syrian war in September 2015 to help Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad’s forces in their fight against DAESH terror group, but draw international criticism after launching air strikes targeting opposition-held areas and killing civilians.

A Russian Foreign Ministry official was cited on Monday by Russian sources saying that Russia will continue its air strikes around Aleppo, even after a possible ceasefire agreement in Syria.


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