Russian Forces are Locating Medical Centers to Target them

A Russian Airstrike Renders the only Working Hospital in Sarja Town out of Commission

Medical Centers

Never before has it been witnessed in modern history that medical centers and medical staff were targeted like how the Syrian and Russian regimes are doing in Syria. This statement records the only hospital in Sarja town, in Idlib governorate, being rendered out of commission.

The strategy adopted by the Syrian regime and its ally the Russian regime has become exposed where they deliberately target hospitals, markets, and schools in the areas that are out of the Syrian regime’s control to force these areas’ residents to agree to settlements that would leave them displaced to northern Syria or abroad. The international community is still idly watching the demographic change that is taking place in Syria with only issuing statements of condemnation and threat that are seen by the Syrian and Iranian regimes as a green light to continue perpetrating crimes.

Fadel Abdul Ghani, chairman of SNHR, says:
“It is now very clear that Russian forces are investigating and searching through their agents for hospitals locations in order to target them. Russia is well aware that it won’t be held accountable for any crime it has perpetrated in Syria which is why it is perpetrating more and more crimes and will continue doing so. It is even protecting the present Syrian regime from being held accountable and encouraging it to perpetrate more crimes.”

Tuesday 18 October 2016, approximately 14:15, fixed-wing warplanes we believe are Russian fired a missile that targeted Al Eman hospital in Sarja town in Jabal Al Zawiya in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate. That hospital was the only working hospital in the town. The bombing resulted in moderate destruction in the hospital building as the hospital was rendered out of commission. Additionally, five members of the medical staff were injured and two ambulances were destroyed. The hospital provides its services in the specialties of internal surgery, general surgery, and gastroenterology for no less than 80,000 people who live in the towns of Jabal Al Zawiya.

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