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Tweets series of what have been highlighted in the report “#SyrianRussianAlliance Forces Target 24 #Medical Facilities in the Fourth #DeEscalation Zone Within Four Weeks”
1/5 The failure of the #UnitedNations’ mechanisms to take any action to force the Syrian regime to stop bombing the protected #hospitals and facilities, the inability of the Security Council to act due to the #Russian veto, and the failure to create an international coalition...
...responsible for protecting civilians and medical and civilian facilities, have all contributed to enabling the #SyrianRegime and its allies to continue with their barbaric #Strategy of bombing of medical facilities.
2/5 As SNHR's team has observed over the past eight years, the targeting of medical facilities is carried out calculatingly and deliberately, with regime intelligence services first conducting #Operations to locate field hospitals, private hospitals or even mobile medical units..
...with the aim of bombing them. We have noted on many occasions the bombardment of buildings or streets around hospitals in attempts to hit the hospitals directly. We also recorded the targeting of specific medical centers on a number of occasions, which is...
... #Evidence of the obsessive desire to annihilate all medical facilities.
3/5 On April 26, 2019, the fourth de-escalation zone witnessed the most violent #Campaign since the #Sochi Agreement. Up to May 24, this campaign resulted in the deaths of at least 265 civilians, including 64 #children, and 50 #women (adult female), and the displacement of... least 195,000 #people. This escalation included a rise in the frequency of #Attacks on vital civilian facilities, especially medical centers; this has forced the management of most of the medical centers in the southern suburbs of #Idlib and the northern suburbs of #Hama...
to suspend their work, resulting in a growing inability to meet the most #basic needs of the people in those areas.
4/5 SNHR's team documented that out of the 24 medical facilities targeted by Syrian-Russian alliance forces in the fourth de-escalation zone from April 26 to May 24, 2019, six had been included in the deconfliction mechanism stablished by the United Nations Office for...
...the Coordination of #Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sep 2014 in an attempt to mitigate the risks of targeting humanitarian static locations, or humanitarian mission movements by providing the #InternationalCoalition forces, #Russia, #Turkey and the Intl #Syria Support...
...Group Chairs (Government of the #UnitedStates & the #Russian Federation) with their locations. In practice, these facilities did not benefit. in fact, rather than protecting them, the mechanism may have exposed them to further danger by revealing their location &place of work.
5/5 The Sochi agreement did not succeed in stopping the targeting of vital medical facilities, with SNHR's data documenting at least 39 attacks on medical facilities by Syrian-Russian alliance in ​​the fourth de-escalation zone from Sep 17, 2018, to May 24, 2019, 29 of which...
occurred during the recent military campaign, equivalent to about 75 percent of the total attacks. These attacks have caused #Damage to about 24 medical facilities.
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