Syrian government attacks this week damaged and closed a hospital near the Turkish border, according to researchers at PHR.
Physicians for Human Rights Skeptical that Cessation of Hostilities Agreement Will Protect Civilians in Syria
Though the United States and Russia have announced a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria to go into effect Saturday, PHR remains gravely concerned about continuing attacks on civilians.
PHR expressed concern over credible reports that Turkish security forces are blocking access to urgent medical care for the sick and wounded in the course of their operations in southeastern Turkey.
PHR is calling on world leaders to prioritize Syria’s shattered health system by creating mechanisms for thousands of displaced medical professionals to temporarily practice in neighboring countries. PHR’s call comes in light of this week’s conference of donor governments meeting in London to discuss response to the Syrian crisis.
This year has been the worst on record for attacks on medical facilities in Syria, with government forces responsible for most of the 112 attacks, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said today. The figure only includes attacks through November and represents a 25 percent increase over the previous high of 89 attacks in 2012.