World Bulletin / News Desk
Russian airstrikes have now hit three medical facilities in the northwest of Syria, in what experts say is a continuation of four years of attacks on health care facilities in rebel-held territories in the country, according to a report in Al Jazeera.
The New York-based Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said that the three strikes on Oct. 2 and 3, took place in Hama, Idlib and Latakia. The strikes caused injuries, damages to the facilities and hampered desperately needed services, the group said.
“Bashar al-Assad’s forces have been relentlessly attacking Syria’s health care system for the past four years and the Russian government is now following in their footsteps,” Widney Brown, PHR’s director of programs, said in a press release. “With these actions, Russia is damaging hospitals, putting patients and medical staff at risk, and depriving civilians of life-saving access to health care.”
PHR has documented 307 attacks on medical facilities in Syria since the beginning of 2011, with 90 percent of those attacks were perpetrated by Syrian government forces. Intentionally targeting medical facilities constitutes a war crime under the Geneva Conventions, they point out.
According to PHR, the Syrian government attacked two of the facilities with barrel bombs earlier this year.
PHR said the strikes hit more than 30 miles from territory held by ISIL suggesting that the attacks were aimed at land controlled by other Syrian rebel groups.
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