At least 84 medical and rescue workers have been killed in Syria since the beginning of 2017, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said, adding that Assad regime is responsible for the overwhelming majority of attacks on medical and civil defense centers.
In a report released on Friday, the watchdog group said that 13 medical and rescue workers were killed in August alone. The Assad regime and ISIS killed a medical volunteer each, while the international anti-ISIS coalition forces killed four doctors, according to the report. The victims included seven medical and rescue workers who were killed in attacks the Network said were untraceable.
The report listed 14 attacks on medical and civil defense centers since the beginning of 2017, including five by regime forces, one by each of the Russian forces and militias of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), four by the international anti-ISIS coalition, and three by groups that monitoring group said were unidentified.
The SNHR stressed that the attacks violated UN Security Council resolutions 2139 and 2254, which called for an end to indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets. The attacks also constituted murder and violated Article 8 of the Rome Statute, which amounted to war crimes. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)