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Saturday 29 April 2017

Hospital bombings are also war crimes

On April 4th, after Assad’s pilots dropped chemical weapons on Khan Sheikhoun, they then bombed a nearby hospital that was treating the victims.

The Assad regime and Russia have a long-running strategy of attacking medical services.

During the 2016 joint Russia-regime attack on besieged Aleppo, there were 73 attacks on medical facilities and personnel recorded in the city.

Now hospital bombings are escalating again.
  • 17 April 2017: Hospital in Jabal al-Zawiya, Idlib, targeted by four airstrikes – five medics and one Syria Civil Defence volunteer injured – UOSSM and SCD reports.
  • 17 April 2017: Hospital in Damascus suburbs attacked killing one paramedic – UOSSM report.
  • 22 April 2017: Underground hospital in Abdeen, Idlib, hit by up to six ‘bunker buster’ bombs – Syria Civil Defence recovered remains of four killed and rescued six injured.
  • 25 April 2017: Hospital in Kafr Takharim, Idlib, bombed by Syrian or Russian aircraft.
  • 26 April 2017: Hospital in Daraa damaged in barrel bomb attack – dialysis unit destroyed – UOSSM report.
  • 26 April 2017: Latamneh hospital in Hama suburbs attacked – lab technician rescued from under rubble – UOSSM report.
  • 27 April 2017: Underground hospital in Maar Zeta bombed – Four paramedics killed while evacuating injured civilians – UOSSM report.
  • 27 April 2017: Hospital in Deir al-Sharqi bombed four times – three intensive care patients killed – Idlib Health Directorate report.
  • 28 April 2017: Maternity hospital in Kafr Takharim, Idlib province, damaged by at least two air strikes – Save The Children report.
  • 28 April 2017: Al Na’eema field hospital in Daraa province attacked.

Chemical attacks are war crimes.

Hospital bombings are also war crimes.

Protect Civilians: We need a fresh start for Syria.