Wednesday, 19 February 2020 17:30

Monitor: Russia & Assad Regime Bombed 67 Medical Facilities in NW Syria since Late April

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that the Russian and Assad regime forces have bombed 67 medical facilities in northwestern Syria since April 26, 2019, calling on the United States to intervene to ensure an end to these war crimes.

In a report issued on Tuesday, the Network said that no fewer than 67 medical facilities were subjected to nearly 88 attacks by Russia and the Assad regime. The Assad regime was responsible for 52 attacks, while the Russian Air Force carried out 36 others.

The report indicated that of the targeted healthcare facilities, seven were bombed 12 times although being covered by the UN de-conflicting mechanism. It also pointed out that many of these centers were targeted with successive attacks, with the interval between these attacks varying from a few minutes (double-tap attacks) to a few days.

According to the report, military escalation by the Assad regime and Russia killed at least 19 medical personnel in the reporting period, nine of whom were killed at the hands of the Assad regime and 10 othes at the hands of the Russian forces.

The monitoring group called upon the UN Security Council to take additional measures pursuant to the issuance of resolutions 2139 and 2254 as no obligations were made to stop indiscriminate bombardment. It said that all parties must abide by these resolutions and by the rules of international humanitarian law.

The report indicated that the Assad regime forces, Russia, and Iran are responsible for the overwhelming majority of attacks on medical facilities in Syria in the past nine years, mainly through the use of warplanes. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)

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