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Determining the scope of attacks on health in four governorates of Syria in 2016: Results of a field surveillance program

  • Author(s): Haar, Rohini J
  • Risko, Casey B
  • Singh, Sonal
  • Rayes, Diana
  • Albaik, Ahmad
  • Alnajar, Mohammed
  • Kewara, Mazen
  • Clouse, Emily
  • Baker, Elise
  • Rubenstein, Leonard S
  • et al.

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Violent attacks on and interferences with hospitals, ambulances, health workers, and patients during conflict destroy vital health services during a time when they are most needed and undermine the long-term capacity of the health system. In Syria, such attacks have been frequent and intense and represent grave violations of the Geneva Conventions, but the number reported has varied considerably. A systematic mechanism to document these attacks could assist in designing more protection strategies and play a critical role in influencing policy, promoting justice, and addressing the health needs of the population.

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