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The "last hospital" in east Aleppo is a grim site. The building is crowded and the injured lay all over its corridors. Blood lines the floors, and its smell - along with the sound of screams and cries - fill the air. Much of the surrounding area has been destroyed.

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.

The Palestinian health care system in the besieged Gaza Strip is facing a “real disaster” due to the shortage of fuel supplies for generators that provide electricity for hospitals, a spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza warned.

Each of the eight hospitals in east Aleppo that were functioning before the siege have been hit, many of them multiple times, with 27 strikes on hospitals in four months.

An air strike hit a hospital in the rebel-held Syrian village of Awaijel, west of Aleppo, killing at least one person in the early hours. This was one day after attacks on two other hospitals in the region.

In this press release, coalition member International Council of Nurses (ICN) calls for increased protection of health workers through legislation, zero tolerance policies, security measure, education, and improved working environments.

Where there is pain, you will always find healers. And those healers should not be targets for attacks in times of war or at peaceful protests. National Nurses United condemns reports of medics specifically targeted for arrest and attack in North Dakota.

Insufficient numbers of doctors, nurses, and rescue workers struggle to save and treat the wounded. Only 30 doctors are left. A look at the destruction of the Syrian city.

Despite aid convoys having reached 18 besieged and 164 hard-to-reach areas with 220 tons of medical and health supplies from January to August in Syria, it has not been enough and the health situation of the country continues to spiral downwards: children are not getting vaccines, pregnant women are not receiving proper care, the injured need more treatment, and 1 in 4 children are at risk of developing a mental disorder.

Urgent measures are needed to address shortages of medicine and food in Venezuela, says coalition member Human Rights Watch in a new report.