Fairfield, Conn. (February 16, 2016) —
In response to yesterday's attacks on
healthcare facilities in Syria, Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the
Children U.S. says:
"Save the Children is appalled by the growing trend
for health facilities, schools and other civilian infrastructure to be the
targets of deadly attacks in Syria.
"Monday was the worst day for attacks on healthcare
facilities for more than six months. New information gathered by Save the
Children and other organizations suggests that in total, seven facilities
were bombed in air strikes, more than was first reported. The attacks happened
across Syria, in Aleppo, Idlib and Dara'a provinces.
"These assaults have left thousands of already
vulnerable people living in war-ravaged areas without access to healthcare.
Initial reports suggest that on average more than 23,000 people used these
hospitals and clinics each month, with 550 babies being delivered monthly. It's
not clear when these facilities will be able to re-open, if they will be able
to function again at all.
"Brave Syrian health workers work under incredibly
difficult and dangerous conditions every day to save the lives of others. To
have seven health facilities bombed in air strikes on one single day,
destroying hospitals which are a life-line to the local population and killing
health workers and patients, is indefensible. Protection of civilians should be the
utmost priority; we cannot tolerate that families, and children in particular,
are killed in places where they should be safe.
It is particularly saddening that this strike comes right after world
leaders had announced an agreement for a cessation of hostilities in Syria.
Parties to the conflict are not respecting their obligation to spare civilians.
We call on all parties to agree to cease hostilities and immediately restart