Attacks on doctors should "alarm the world," says WMA

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Attacks on doctors and nurses have reached unprecedented levels and should “alarm the world, ” write the World Medical Association (WMA) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in a joint statement.

The statement from the organisations comes as doctors in the Syrian American Medical Society warn that last month was the worst month for attacks on health care since the beginning of the conflict in Syria.

“The daily reports of violent incidents against health-care personnel, medical infrastructure and the wounded are sickening the world community. The killing of nurses and doctors has become appalling. The shocking truth is that doctors and nurses are being specifically targeted in this armed conflict in a way that is almost beyond belief,” said Dr. Ardis Hoven, Chair of the WMA.

In the statement, the WMA and ICN confirmed their support of the UN resolution (2268), which calls for a cessation of hostilities in Syria, and a respect for ceasefires of sufficient periods for the provision of humanitarian aid.  They stated:“We in the international health community have an obligation to speak out to urge world leaders to enforce an immediate truce to protect the hundreds of thousands of innocent victims caught up in this carnage.”