'More than 600 medical workers killed' in Syria

Physician for Human Rights says government forces were responsible for 88 percent of the recorded attacks on hospitals.

    Physicians for Human Rights said government forces were responsible for 97 percent of the killings of medical workers [AP]
    Physicians for Human Rights said government forces were responsible for 97 percent of the killings of medical workers [AP]

    An international rights group says more than 600 medical workers have been killed in Syria's nearly four-year conflict in deliberate and indiscriminate attacks, most of them by government forces.

    Physicians for Human Rights said in a report released on Wednesday that it had documented 233 attacks on 183 medical facilities across Syria since the country's uprising began in March 2011.

    The group said that President Bashar al-Assad's government was responsible for 88 percent of the recorded attacks on hospitals and 97 percent of the killings of medical workers.

    Physicians for Human Rights said it documented 139 deaths directly attributable to torture and execution.

    The group's director of investigations Erin Gallagher said "every doctor killed or hospital destroyed leaves hundreds or even thousands of Syrians with nowhere to turn for healthcare".

    Syrian activists have repeatedly accused the military of targeting medical facilities and staff in rebel-held areas in its bid to crush the country's opposition movement.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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