Attacks

Fear of Ebola Breeds a Terror of Physicians

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Health workers here say they are now battling two enemies: the unprecedented Ebola epidemic, which has killed more than 660 people in four countries since it was first detected in March, and fear, which has produced growing hostility toward outside help. Workers and officials, blamed by panicked populations for spreading the virus, have been threatened with knives, stones and machetes, their vehicles sometimes surrounded by hostile mobs. Log barriers across narrow dirt roads block medical teams from reaching villages where the virus is suspected.

May Marks Deadliest Month for Medical Personnel in Syria; June was Second Highest for Facility Attacks

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today released the latest numbers on attacks on health care in Syria, which show that – with 30 deaths – May was the deadliest month for medical professionals. Twelve new attacks on medical facilities were recorded in June, marking the second highest month for attacks on medical facilities. The violations, which are being tracked on an interactive map, show deliberate attacks on medical personnel and facilities, which violate international humanitarian laws. While all sides of the conflict have committed these crimes, government forces are responsible for an overwhelming 90 percent of the attacks.

Physicians for Human Rights-Israel: All Measures Must Be Taken to Avoid Injuring Medical Personnel and Endangering Medical Facilities and Teams While Fighting Continues in the Gaza Strip

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
In light of many cases of damage to hospitals, clinics, and medical personnel in the Gaza Strip, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel has sent an urgent communication to the Attorney General and to the Minister of Defense. Yesterday, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-IL) sent a letter to the Attorney General and the Defense Minister of Israel, addressing the harming of medical facilities and medical teams, and the difficulties of evacuating casualties in the course of the Gaza military operation.

Israeli Doctors' Group to Ya'alon: Don't Bomb Near Gaza City Hospital

Thursday, July 17, 2014
An urgent letter sent Wednesday night by Physicians for Human Rights calls on the Israel Defense Forces to desist from bombing near the Al Wafa rehabilitation hospital in Gaza City. The letter was sent to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon after warning missiles hit the hospital last Friday, causing damage to the building.

Israeli Soldiers Accused of Allegedly Attacking Health Workers in Gaza Strip

Monday, July 21, 2014
OSLO (Xinhua) – Sven Mollekleiv, president of the Norwegian Red Cross, accused Israeli soldiers on Monday of allegedly attacking health workers in the Gaza Strip and preventing the latter from retrieving the wounded and dead. “Our sister organization – the Palestine Red Crescent Society – stated that their health care teams were directly attacked by Israeli forces,” Mollekleiv told the Norwegian news agency NTB.

Israel/Occupied Territory: Civilians and Medical Workers Pay Price of Conflict

Thursday, July 10, 2014
The ICRC deplores outright the casualties and the damage caused at the Palestine Red Crescent branch in Jabaliya, northern Gaza on 9 July when a dozen staff and volunteers were wounded and three ambulances destroyed. “The human impact of this vicious circle of armed violence is worsening by the hour,” said Jacques de Maio, head of the ICRC delegation in Israel and the occupied territories. “Civilians must be protected. In all cases, ambulances, hospitals and medical workers must be ensured the conditions of safety they require to carry out their vital work.”

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