534 attacks on health facilities in six countries in less than a year


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has implored parties to respect the sanctity and safety of health facilities and workers.

It comes as new data published by the organisation shows 534 attacks on healthcare facilities were reported across six countries and territories in the Eastern Mediterranean Region between 1 January and 19 November 2018. 

According to the WHO, there have been 310 attacks on health care in Gaza in 2018. A further 19 attacks have been reported in Libya where operations had to be suspended at a specialised urology hospital this month after an armed group attacked three nurses and two security guards, and stole medical equipment. 

The WHO says the Syrian Arab Republic remains the world’s most dangerous place to be a health worker, with 97 health workers killed and 169 more injured in 137 attacks this year.

“Tragically, such attacks are a threat that health workers face every day in the Eastern Mediterranean Region as they report to work, treat patients, and fulfil the oath they took to save lives,” it said. 

“WHO reiterates its call to all parties to conflict to remember their humanity, abide by their legal obligations under International Humanitarian Law, and respect the sanctity and safety of health facilities and health workers.” 

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