Hospital in Suburbs of Northern Hama Put Out of Service After Targeted Attacks

Toronto ON - Kafr Zeta Hospital, in the suburbs of northern Hama, was put out of service today, after being attacked for the past two days. The hospital was indirectly hit on Sunday causing minor damage to the facility. Today, at 2:30p.m. Damascus time, the hospital was directly targeted and attacked with several airstrikes, causing damage to the facility and putting it out of service.

A home security camera, captured the attacks on Kafr Zeta Hospital, please click here to watch the footage:

The hospital provided Obstetrics/Gynecological services along with pediatric care, general surgeries, and orthopedic care to approximately 5000 patients a month. In addition, an average of 150-175 major surgeries are performed there per month.

In the past week, four other medical facilities were targeted directly, and indirectly, causing death and destruction.

On January 29, a nurse in Tafs, Daraa, was killed during an attack while she was on duty. The attack occurred at a nearby market where several other civilians were reportedly killed as well. On February 1, an SARC center in Idlib was attacked by an airstrike, resulting in severe structural damage to the facility, putting it out of service. On February 2, a primary health care center in Qaboun, Damascus, was attacked, killing three volunteers, causing damage to the facility, and putting it out of service. On February 3, an ambulance in Duma, rural Damascus, was attacked killing the driver, and wounding one paramedic; the ambulance was partially damaged.

Dr. Anas Al Kassem, Chair of UOSSM Canada said, “We condemn the attacks on aid workers and facilities, which have been occurring non-stop for the past 6 years without any repercussions. Attacking aid worker and medical facilities is a war crime and we demand perpetrators are held accountable for these repulsive actions.”

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