Attacks on hospitals and medical facilities by the regime and Russian forces continue unabated. Assad’s jets on Sunday bombed a hospital in the town of Kafrnaha in rural Aleppo which is supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) destroying three ambulances and causing damage to the hospital building.
The Civil Defense Corps in western rural Aleppo said that airstrikes by the Assad regime’s jets hit an area near the civil defense center in the town of Al-Atareb, with no reports of casualties. Five rescue workers were killed in previous airstrikes on the same center last week.
On April 27, Assad’s air force bombed Al-Quds Hospital in the neighborhood of Al-Sukkari in Aleppo, killing 50 people, including two doctors. The attack on the MSF-supported facility came as part of the brutal aerial campaign regime and Russian forces have unleashed on Aleppo since April 20.
The latest attacks followed the UN Security Council’s unanimous adoption on May 3rd of resolution 2286 on the protection of civilians and health care during armed conflicts.
During the UN Security Council meeting on May 3rd, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that stopping the artillery fire and the barrel bombs on Aleppo is essential to saving lives but also to the credibility of the political process.
Ki-moon pointed out that Physicians for Human Rights has documented more than 360 attacks on some 250 medical facilities across Syria since the beginning of the conflict, adding that more than 730 medical personnel have been killed since March 2011. He noted that nearly half of all medical facilities in Syria are now closed or operating only partially. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies)