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Statement on the Protection of Health Services

Monday, November 28, 2016
The last week has seen the surge of violence in Syria’s city of Aleppo, in which every hospital in the rebel-held east Aleppo has been damaged to the extent of putting them out of service (a statement confirmed by the World Health Organization), leaving more than 250,000 men, women, and children living in east Aleppo without access to health care. In light of this, the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) reaffirms its firm stance against violations of International Humanitarian Law and attacks on health care workers, facilities, and systems.

ACBAR: Protecting aid workers

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Coalition member ACBAR published a special briefing paper to the government of Afghanistan for the protection of aid workers. Since January 2015, 49 aid workers were killed, 38 wounded, and 30 kidnapped in the country. Part of the Brussels Series in preparation for the Brussels Conference, the paper details a set of recommendations to move forward.

Press Release: Aleppo’s Largest Trauma Hospital Completely Destroyed Following Five Attacks in One Week

Monday, October 3, 2016
Coalition member Syrian American Medical Society reports that its largest trauma hospital in eastern Aleppo City was destroyed after a bunker buster bomb landed at the front entrance. The bomb killed three maintenance workers and injured a nurse and ambulance driver. Only five hospitals remain operational in besieged Aleppo to care for a population of 300,000 civilians, including more than 85,000 children.

UN human rights chief warns of war crimes in Aleppo

Friday, October 21, 2016
UN human rights official Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein stated that Syrian and Russian airstrikes against East Aleppo’s civilians are “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity,”. Russia has issued a “humanitarian pause” of fighting since Thursday to allow residents to flee East Aleppo, but many do not trust the declaration and are remaining put. An all-encompassing ceasefire has been called by the UNHCHR.