Amman, Jordan, March 21, 2021 – Artillery shelling hit a hospital run by IRC’s accomplice group SAMS in Al Atareb. There have been 6 lifeless and a minimum of 16 individuals injured. The hospital is now out of service.
Rehana zawar, the nationwide director of the Worldwide Rescue Committee for northwestern Syria, stated:
“We strongly condemn this murderous assault on Atareb Surgical Hospital. 6 individuals had been killed, together with a toddler, and 16 different civilians had been injured, together with 5 well being personnel. 4 of the injured are in important situation. Though SAMS shared the hospital’s contact particulars via the UN notification system, it has been attacked and has now been so badly broken that it will possibly now not be used. That is the fifth assault on healthcare recorded to date this yr and brings the full 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 legislation and must be secure havens in occasions of disaster, however after 10 years of warfare 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 exhibits that any improve in assaults on healthcare within the northwest might herald an additional escalation in violence. It’s critical that at the moment’s assault doesn’t repeat itself over the subsequent 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 warfare in Syria peacefully. “
The Worldwide Rescue Committee (IRC) and its Syrian accomplice organizations: Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), Unbiased Docs Affiliation (IDA), Syrian Expatriates Medical Affiliation (SEMA), Sustainable Worldwide Medical Reduction Group (SIMRO), Syria Reduction and Growth (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 influence of assaults on hospitals and clinics on sufferers and well being employees. The report paperwork in chilling element how this 10-year warfare technique turned hospitals from secure shelters into no-go zones the place Syrian civilians now worry for his or her lives.
Most important conclusions of the IRC surveys carried out amongst 237 individuals + 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 median of 4 assaults on healthcare – some had witnessed as many as 20
- 68% had been inside a well being facility when attacked
- 59% of civilians have been immediately 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 legislation in order that they now not proceed with impunity and that individuals in Syria can safely entry the well being care they want.
About IRC in Northwestern Syria
IRC has been offering support in Syria since 2012, and final yr, IRC and its companions offered well being, safety and livelihoods to greater than 900,000 individuals within the nation. In northwestern Syria, IRC and its companions IRC and its companions reached greater than 318,000 sufferers in 2020 via 17 well being amenities: 2 hospitals – together with 1 COVID isolation hospital, 2 cell clinics , 12 major well being care facilities and 1 psychological well being heart. 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; practice workers on the right way to shield 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 gives specialised look after susceptible ladies and women, pregnant ladies and the aged; gives psychosocial help to assist youngsters and their households overcome emotional misery; and helps 1000’s of Syrians earn an revenue via emergency money distributions, enterprise grants and coaching.
The Worldwide Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, serving to to revive the well being, safety, training, financial well-being and energy of these devastated by battle and catastrophe. Based in 1933 on the behest of Albert Einstein, IRC works in additional than 40 nations and greater than 20 American cities to assist individuals survive, regain management of their future and strengthen their communities. Be taught extra at www.rescue.org and comply with IRC at Twitter & Fb.