Syrian Government forces accused of deliberately targeting medical facilities

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Human Rights Council

The International Commission of Inquiry on Syria says the deliberate targeting of hospitals, medical personnel and ambulances, denial of access to medical care, and ill-treatment of the sick and wounded, are the most alarming features of the Syrian conflict.

In a report to the UN Human Rights Council, the Commission says government forces and affiliated militias were denying medical care to those from opposition-controlled areas as a matter of policy.

The Commission says it has harrowing witness accounts of the wounded and sick languishing at checkpoints unable to reach medical treatment, and doctors providing impartial aid being arrested and targeted.

The report says there is also evidence that some anti-government armed groups have attacked hospitals in certain areas.

The Commission further says it was aware of a military hospital in Damuscus where the war wounded including children are detained, beaten, burned with cigarettes and subjected to torture.

The Commission says intentionally directing attacks against hospitals and places containing the sick and the wounded is a war crime.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations Radio, Geneva.

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