Amman, Jordan, March 21, 2021 – Artillery shelling hit a hospital run by IRC associate group SAMS in Al Atareb. There have been 6 lifeless and a minimum of 16 folks injured. The hospital is now out of service.
Rehana Zawar, nationwide director of the Worldwide Rescue Committee for Northwestern Syria, mentioned:
“We strongly condemn this murderous assault on Atareb Surgical Hospital. 6 folks have been killed, together with a baby, and 16 different civilians have been injured, together with 5 well being personnel. 4 of the injured are in crucial situation. Though SAMS shared the hospital’s contact particulars by the UN notification system, it has been attacked and has now been so badly broken that it may possibly not be used. That is the fifth assault on healthcare recorded thus far this 12 months and brings the entire variety of assaults on healthcare since January 2019 to 118. IRC-supported healthcare amenities have been attacked 24 occasions since 2018 alone. Healthcare amenities are protected by worldwide regulation and ought to be protected havens in occasions of disaster, however after 10 years of battle this isn’t the case in Syria. Because the begin of the battle, Physicians for Human Rights has documented practically 600 assaults on healthcare. Previous expertise reveals that any improve in assaults on healthcare within the northwest could herald an additional escalation in violence. It’s important that right now’s assault doesn’t repeat itself over the following few weeks. We urge all events to the battle to respect the ceasefire, meet their obligations to guard civilians and civilian infrastructure, and work to finish the battle in Syria peacefully. “
The Worldwide Rescue Committee (IRC) and its Syrian associate organizations: Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), Unbiased Docs Affiliation (IDA), Syrian Expatriates Medical Affiliation (SEMA), Sustainable Worldwide Medical Reduction Group (SIMRO), Syria Reduction and Improvement (SRD) and the Union of Medical Care and Reduction Group (UOSSM) this month launched a report – A Decade of Destruction: Assaults on Healthcare in Syria – on the devastating affect of assaults on hospitals and clinics on sufferers and well being employees. The report paperwork in chilling element how this 10-year battle technique turned hospitals from protected shelters into no-go zones the place Syrian civilians now worry for his or her lives.
Principal conclusions of the IRC surveys carried out amongst 237 folks + 74 well being employees:
- 81% of well being employees had a colleague or affected person who was killed or injured on account of an assault
- 77% had witnessed a mean of 4 assaults on healthcare – some had witnessed as many as 20
- 68% have been inside a well being facility when attacked
- 59% of civilians have been instantly affected by an assault on a well being facility, 49% worry accessing well being care following assaults
The IRC calls on the United Nations and world leaders to step up accountability for violations of worldwide regulation in order that they not proceed with impunity and that folks in Syria can safely entry the well being care they want.
About IRC in Northwestern Syria
IRC has been offering help in Syria since 2012, and final 12 months, IRC and its companions offered well being, safety and livelihoods to greater than 900,000 folks within the nation. In northwestern Syria, IRC and its companions IRC and its companions reached greater than 318,000 sufferers in 2020 by 17 well being amenities: 2 hospitals – together with 1 COVID isolation hospital, 2 cell clinics , 12 main well being care facilities and 1 psychological well being middle. As well as, we have now a fleet of 10 ambulances, 5 of that are devoted to responding to COVID-19, transporting suspected circumstances to testing amenities after which transferring them for remedy. Along with our ambulances, our response to the pandemic contains the implementation of an infection, prevention and management measures in all well being amenities supported by the IRC; prepare workers on learn how to defend themselves and their sufferers in opposition to the virus; and proceed to lift consciousness concerning the pandemic within the communities the place we and our companions function. IRC additionally supplies specialised look after weak ladies and ladies, pregnant ladies and the aged; supplies psychosocial help to assist kids and their households overcome emotional misery; and helps hundreds of Syrians earn an revenue by emergency money distributions, enterprise grants and coaching.
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