WHO condemns multiple attacks on health facilities in north-western Syria

The World Health Organization (WHO) strongly condemns continuing attacks on health facilities in north-western Syria. Since 28 April, in just 9 days, 12 health structures have been hit.

On 5 May, 3 facilities were struck in one day alone, including 2 major hospitals that provide secondary health care in the area. One of the structures, a surgical unit, was supported by WHO. Three health care workers lost their lives as a result of these attacks. There are now no functioning hospitals in northern Hama, and emergency care is provided by only 3 surgical units supported by WHO. Close to 300 000 civilians are affected.

“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. “International humanitarian law safeguards civilians, even in the most violent of conflicts.