Russian, Syrian government forces ‘targeting hospitals as war strategy’

Published: Thursday 3rd March 2016 by The News Editor

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Russian and Syrian government forces have been targeting hospitals as a war strategy in Syria’s conflict, a practice amounting to war crimes, a rights advocacy group has said.

In a report released on Thursday, Amnesty International said it has “compelling evidence” of at least six deliberate attacks on medical facilities in the Aleppo governorate over the past 12 weeks. The attacks killed at least three civilians, including a medical worker, and injured 44 more.

In the build-up to the partial ceasefire that came into effect last Friday, Aleppo witnessed some of the country’s fiercest fighting when government forces backed by Russian air strikes cut off a rebel supply route from Turkey.

Amnesty said the attacks on medical facilities aimed to pave the way for pro-government ground forces to advance on northern Aleppo.

Published: Thursday 3rd March 2016 by The News Editor

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