Censor.NET reports citing Physicians for Human Rights.
"Bashar al-Assad's forces have been relentlessly attacking Syria's health care system for the past four years and the Russian government is now following in their footsteps," PHR's director of programs Widney Brown said. "These attacks are inexcusable. Claiming that the fight is against terrorists does not give any government the right to tear up the laws of war, which specifically protect health workers and facilities. With these actions, Russia is damaging hospitals, putting patients and medical staff at risk, and depriving civilians of life-saving access to health care."
The Russian Ministry of Defense maintains that its air strikes are conducted with precise, guided munitions, which suggests that these three attacks were targeted at the medical facilities. Russia further maintains that it is targeting the self-declared Islamic State (IS), also called ISIS or ISIL. However, the three medical facilities are all located more than 30 miles from the nearest IS-controlled territory.
The activists have established that Russia's airstrikes committed Oct. 2 and 3 impacted field hospital in Latamneh (northern Hama governorate), an ambulance depot and emergency response center in Benin (in rural Idlib), and al-Burnas Hospital in northern Latakia, near the Turkish border.
Regardless of location or who the medical staff treat, targeting a medical facility is a war crime.
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