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Series of Attacks against Hospitals in Syria Leaves Country Paralyzed
By admin June 17, 2016

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Another hospital is down in the midst of Syria’s five-year-long civil war. On June 8th, 2016, a hospital in East Aleppo was bombed and put out of service with at least ten people killed by the Syrian government’s airstrike. The offensive attack of the government’s airstrike hit the most devastating site when attacked. The site of impact was the city’s most crowded neighborhood where a public market and well-known health facilities that included a blood bank are located.

The attack against the hospital last Wednesday is never a mere incident that the Syrian government had executed accidently or unintentionally. According to Guardian, more than 20-health facilities have been bombed since the beginning of this year alone through a systematic campaign against health facilities by the Syrian government.

Excerpted from the news article by Agence France-Presse (AFP) on February 9th, Syria airstrike had already targeted a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-supported hospital, “A Syrian aid group in January said 177 hospitals had been destroyed,” with these figures only rising,“ and nearly 700 health workers killed since the outbreak of the country’s civil war in March 2011.” As of today, since there have been four more airstrikes specifically on hospitals, the counts increases to 181 destroyed hospitals and more than 750 health workers and patients were killed since the civil war began. This begs the question, are civilians and humanitarian aid workers fair game now?

Whether or not you are on either side of the war, an attack against a hospital is certainly intolerable. Repeated attack on hospitals is clearly a violation of international law. According to The Hague Conventions of 1907’s Article 27, an aerial bombardment against hospitals or places where the sick and wounded are collected is prohibited. Though one may underestimate the importance of international law and argue its nominal and non-binding features, when it comes down to a matter of humanitarian issues, such as killing the sick and innocent, this subject should never be debatable.

Continuous threat towards hospitals and such health facilities keeps discouraging humanitarian efforts from the world. According to the report from MSF, data collected from 69 hospitals and clinics that MSF Supports in Syria indicated there were 154,647 war-wounded patients and 7,009 left dead due to conflict, and 30 to 40 percent of those victims were women and children in 2015 alone. As Dr. Joanne Liu, the international president of MSF asserted in her statement, “attacks on civilians and hospitals must stop; the normalization of such attacks is intolerable.” What is even more frustrating is that in spite of arduous efforts and consistent requests for humanitarian aid by MSF, the Syrian government is still very reluctant even to listen to the outcry and deadly attacks never stop. As the country remains paralyzed due to ongoing strife, we can only hope civilians aren’t left in the same state.

 

For More Information:

Hospital shut down after government airstrikes in rebel-held Aleppo,

Syria Daily: 50+ Killed in Pro-Assad Airstrikes Near Idlib Hospital,

Syria accused of airstrike on refugee camp as Assad pushes for ‘final victory’,

Airstrike on MSF-backed Aleppo hospital kills patients and doctors,

Airstrikes hit two Syrian hospitals, with Turkey condemning ‘obvious war crime’

Syria airstrike hits Médecins Sans Frontières-supported hospital

Syria: Statement by Dr Joanne Liu, International President of Médecins Sans Frontières

Syria: Report documents war wounded and war dead in MSF-supported medical facilities in Syria


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