Syria

No Respite: Violence Against Health Care in Conflict

Monday, May 24, 2021
Today, the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition released its eighth annual report, documenting the global incidence of attacks and threats against health workers, facilities, and transport around the world. The report cites 806 incidents of violence against or obstruction of health care in 43 countries and territories in ongoing wars and violent conflicts in 2020, ranging from the bombing of hospitals in Yemen to the abduction of doctors in Nigeria. Attacks – including killings, kidnappings, and sexual assaults, as well as destruction and damage of health facilities and transports – compounded the threats to health in every country as health systems struggled to prepare for and respond to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reports of More Than 1,200 Incidents of Violence Against Health Care in 2019 Demand Accountability and Concerted Global Action

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
New Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition annual report documents incidents of violence and threats against health workers, facilities, and transport in 20 conflict-affected countries and territories.

Physicians for Human Rights Briefing to the United Nations Security Council on Attacks on Health Facilities and Personnel in Syria

Friday, August 2, 2019
Physician for Human Right’s director of policy, Susannah Sirkin, addressed the UN Security Council on July 30, 2019, demanding that the Secretary-General launch an immediate investigation into recent attacks on health care in Idlib and northwestern Syria in violation of protection agreements. From March 2011 through July 2019, PHR corroborated 578 attacks on at least 350 separate facilities and documented the killing of 890 medical personnel.

Health Workers and Facilities in 23 Conflict-Ridden Countries Attacked with Impunity in 2016

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
New report from the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition shows the extent and intensity of violence against health workers globally remains alarmingly high and calls on the UN Security Council and countries to take concrete steps toward preventing attacks and ending impunity.

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