Attacks on medical facilities are becoming part of a war tactic, WHO warns

Update: 17.03.2022 07:27

Kyiv – Medical facilities are being targeted by war, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns. In the first part of the year, there was the highest number of attacks on health care facilities in history worldwide.

The WHO has verified 89 attacks on medical facilities in the first 75 days of this year – including 43 attacks in Ukraine, writes The Independent. According to him, Ukraine’s health care system is “balancing on the edge”.

“Health is being targeted in this situation, part of war strategy and tactics. This is totally unacceptable,” said WHO Crisis Coordinator Mike Ryan. “This is against international humanitarian law,” he said.

Based on this right, parties to a conflict must take steps to ensure that they do not attack healthcare professionals even unintentionally.

“The health care system in Ukraine is on the brink. It is doing very well, but it needs to be supported, strengthened, given the basic tools to save lives,” Ryan added.

In addition to the 43 attacks in Ukraine, the World Health Organization verified attacks on medical facilities in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Congo, Libya, Nigeria, Palestine, Sudan and Syria in the first months of this year, writes The Independent. 35 people died and 53 were injured.

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