Amnesty has called part of “strategy” Russia attacks on hospitals in Syria


Human rights organization Amnesty International said that the Russian BKC and the Syrian government forces systematically attacked hospitals and other healthcare facilities. This is stated in the new report of the organization. According to its authors, the actions of Moscow and Damascus can be a part of their military strategy.

The report notes that over the past three months was “at least six targeted attacks on hospitals, medical centers and clinics in the Northern rural part of the province of Aleppo”. As a result of these attacks, the report said, killed at least three civilians, another 44 people were injured.

“The Syrian and the Russian army deliberately attacking health institutions, in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law. But the really shocking thing is that the destruction of hospitals, seems to have become part of their military strategy — presented in the statement of Amnesty International to the Director of the organization for the crisis response Tirana Hassan.

Amnesty International’s report argues that attacks on hospitals are carried out in order to clear the way for ground offensive in North Aleppo.

Amnesty International has repeatedly put forward accusations against Russia. So, about two weeks ago a representative of the organization said that Amnesty has documented attacks of the Russian and Syrian aviation schools, hospitals and homes in the territories controlled by opponents of President Bashar al-Assad. 23 December 2015, the organization published a report stating that the planes of the Russian space forces attacked, including mosques and markets.

The Russian defense Ministry in response to these allegations said that the report of human rights defenders consists of “fakes and stamps”. Later, the official representative of the Russian defense Ministry Igor Konashenkov called on the international human rights organization, “instead of without adducing any proof to accuse us of selective strikes”, to assess the actions of the Turkish military, striking at Syria.

Moscow has repeatedly rejected accusations of attacks on civilians. The defense Ministry claim that objects become purely bombing rebel positions “Islamic state” (organization banned in Russia) and other terrorists.