Hospital Reported Bombed: Charity Says Many Towns Afraid to Allow New Hospitals

Hospital Reported Bombed: Charity Says Many Towns Afraid to Allow New Hospitals | SAMS: Locals think having a hospital will make them a target

Rebels with the Free Syrian Army Southern Front have reported an incendiary bombing attack against a hospital in the rebel town of Daraya. The hospital was virtually destroyed, though it had been evacuated before the strike, and no casualties were reported.

This is the latest in a growing series of strikes against hospitals across Syria, and charity group the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) warns that this is creating a growing problem as they look to build new hospitals: a lot of communities just don’t want them.

SAMS officials warn that a lot of cities and villages are afraid that even having a hospital inside their municipality will make them a military target, and they reported that one militia group around Aleppo had explicitly barred them from the area over this concern.

SAMS reported that during July, some 43 different attacks on healthcare centers were reported, more than one every day. Such strikes include some stray shells hitting close to hospitals, but also a disturbing number of direct strikes on obviously protected medical facilities, a problem which appears to be growing so rapidly within Syria that hospitals themselves are seen to invite targets.

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  • AriusArmenian

    US backed jihadis attack hospitals then the MSM in the West blames the Syrians and Russians.

  • Ghostship

    “direct strikes on obviously protected medical facilities”
    What does this mean? How are they protected? Since the medical service providers claim that the Syrian and Russian air forces bomb any hospitals that are marked as hospitals, it can’t mean that the roofs are covered with red crosses or crescents. So perhaps it means that there are armed fighters protecting the facilities? Since the rebels don’t inform the Syrians or Russians of the locations of hospitals, it’s hardly surprising that the Syrian and Russian air forces bomb locations where they might see a large number of vehicles coming and going and that are protected by armed men.

    • “Since the medical service providers claim that the Syrian and Russian air forces bomb any hospitals that are marked as hospitals, it can’t mean that the roofs are covered with red crosses or crescents”

      Non sequitur.

  • yonaton

    It is the US that specialises in bombing hospitals. Kunduz and Aleppo have been officially acknowledge by the USAF.