Nearly 960 killed in attacks on hospitals in two years: Report
May 26, Washington: The World Health Organization (WHO) has said nearly 960 people have been killed worldwide in attacks on medical facilities in conflicts over the past two years.
The a report released by WHO on Thursday highlighted an alarming disrespect for the protection of health care in war by both governments and armed groups.
The study detailed 594 attacks on hospitals and clinics in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere in 2014 and 2015 that killed 959 medics, support staff, patients and visitors and left over 1,500 injured.
Most disturbingly, the report says over 60 percent of the attacks deliberately targeted the medical facilities, while 20 percent were accidental and the rest were undetermined. Over 50 percent of the attacks were perpetrated by governments, one-third by armed groups and the rest were unknown.
War-wracked Syria tallied the largest number of attacks on health care — 228 in the two-year span — accounting for nearly 40 percent of the agency's global tally.
The Oslo Times