Attacks in Syria have contributed to an immense shortage of health care throughout the country, claiming the lives of more than 700 medical professionals and driving thousands more to flee. In Aleppo, reports have estimated that of the 2,000 physicians who once operated medical care in the nation’s most populous city, forty remain.
Attacks on health care facilities in Syria reached the highest numbers yet in a single month since the start of the conflict in March 2011. In May alone, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) documented 15 attacks on 14 medical facilities, including seven that had been attacked previously.
Health professionals, facilities, and patients are regularly targeted by violence and restrictive legislation in situations of conflict and civil unrest, according to an online, interactive world map of attacks on health published today by PHR.
Dr. Sohail has spent much of the Syrian conflict treating the injured free of charge. During one period of detention, government security officials told him that he must seek permission from them before treating anyone. The first time he was detained, Dr. Sohail was held for two weeks under the charge of treating injured demonstrators.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) invites you to the launch of the Syria Mapping Project, an interactive tool developed by PHR to document attacks against health professionals, facilities, patients, and transport in Syria. PHR will be releasing its online map at two events in Washington, DC on May 15 and May 16.