The UN said it was appalled by the ongoing damage and destruction of medical facilities in northern Syria depriving hundreds of thousands of people of basic health services.
Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-general, cited a joint statement issued on Wednesday by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Ali al-Za’atari, and the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syrian Crisis, Kevin Kennedy.
“On 25 April at dawn, the Shahid Wasim Husseini hospital in Kafr Takharim city was reportedly hit by airstrikes, putting it out of service. On 22 April airstrikes in the area of Abdin in Idleb Governorate reportedly hit an underground field hospital and reportedly killed four civilians,” the statement said.
“Four other airstrikes impacting medical facilities were reported in April alone in this region, including a hospital specializing in maternal and child care. Almost all facilities were rendered out of service as a result,” the statement added.
“It is completely unacceptable that facilities and people who are trying to save lives are being bombed,” Kennedy said. “The persistent and unceasing attacks on hospitals and medical facilities is one of the most egregious features of this war and has taken the lives of hundreds of medical personnel and deprived people in need of their most fundamental human right- the right to life. It must stop.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)