Syrian airstrike "violation of international humanitarian law":UN

Friday, April 03, 2015
Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for UN Secretary General [PHOTO: UNifeed]
New York: The United Nations has labelled air attacks on hospitals and medical workers in Syria, as "a blatant violation of international humanitarian law."

Farhan Haq, a Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary General told a press briefing Thursday that some one hundred thousand persons are displaced in and around Idlib in north-western Syria, because of intense air strikes.

Haq said, "The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that intense air strikes on Idlib, Syria, and surrounding areas and heavy shelling of two villages northeast of Idlib city are causing civilian casualties and extensive damage. 

Humanitarian partners and local sources are reporting that more than one hundred thousand people are on the move. 

"Most hospitals and clinics in the city are damaged and unable to cope with the influx of injured people, who are being taken to field hospitals in the countryside or across the border into Turkey. The targeting of hospitals and medical workers is a blatant violation of international humanitarian law. Humanitarian partners are responding to needs where access is possible."
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