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Upsurge in attacks on hospitals in Syria condemned

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 11 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k174
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Medical charities have condemned a new wave of airstrikes against hospitals and health facilities in Syria in recent weeks.

The Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations (UOSSM), an international umbrella organisation of charities providing medical aid to countries in crisis, said there had been 11 separate attacks on medical facilities in Idlib, Hama, and Eastern Ghouta since 26 December. It urged the United Nations to investigate and prosecute perpetrators for war crimes.

Ghanem Tayara, UOSSM international chairman and a GP in Bristol, said, “This fresh wave of attacks is sickening and unacceptable. These attacks force facilities to shut down, terrorise …

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