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jimnyc
11-16-2015, 08:42 PM
Looks like Russia is great at killing medical staff and medical facilities.

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Hatay and Reyhanli, Turkey — When it comes to gauging the impact of the Russian intervention in Syria, health workers simply point to the high-stress workdays at Bab Al-Hawa Hospital.

The emergency services facility in northern Syria has been spared by Russian warplanes. But it carried out 12,000 consultations and more than 1,300 operations in October, twice its monthly summer average. The influx came in the wake of attacks on hospitals and clinics in rebel-held areas that humanitarian and medical workers blame on Moscow.

“We are now under greater pressure,” says Amer al-Fajj, who handles public relations at the hospital, which sits near the border with Turkey. “We have a constant stream of casualties. It never stops. All the casualties from Aleppo are coming here.”

Attacks on medical facilities are hardly unusual in the context of the Syrian conflict – as of the end of September, government forces were responsible for 283 out of 313 such attacks, according to Physicians for Human Rights. These have killed nearly 700 medical personnel, pushed doctors to operate in basements, and spurred the construction of underground hospitals.

But the extent to which Russia appears to have targeted hospitals – and the force with which it has struck – has severely complicated relief efforts. One doctor and three first responders have been killed in the escalated bombing, according to the Violations Documentation Center in Syria, a monitoring group. The hospital targeting has also hastened the exodus of Syrian medical workers and made civilian life in rebel-held areas even less ​bearable​, according to relief workers.

“The active engagement of Russia in the conflict and specifically its attacks on the health care infrastructure is exacerbating an already dire humanitarian crisis,” says Widney Brown, programs director at Physicians for Human Rights. “It is inexplicable why Russia would claim it is attacking ISIS, but instead attack hospitals and clinics. All these attacks must stop.”

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2015/1113/Are-Russian-air-strikes-targeting-hospitals-in-Syria

jimnyc
11-16-2015, 08:51 PM
It's interesting that folks would complain that the USA doesn't do enough, or condemn how we do it, but then turn a blind eye and not say a peep when women, children and hospitals and such are being taken out.

Christie Brinkley
11-16-2015, 08:55 PM
Any video evidence of hospitals being hit by the Russians which are accurate or just the here say of doctors that treat terrorists?

jimnyc
11-16-2015, 09:00 PM
Any video evidence of hospitals being hit by the Russians which are accurate or just the here say of doctors that treat terrorists?

http://reform4syria.org/video-of-russian-airstrike-hitting-a-hospital-clinic-in-syria/

jimnyc
11-16-2015, 09:01 PM
And does video evidence really matter, when you'll deny everything anyway?

Christie Brinkley
11-16-2015, 09:08 PM
http://reform4syria.org/video-of-russian-airstrike-hitting-a-hospital-clinic-in-syria/
That was either a mortar shell or a suicide bomb certainly not an airstrike. The person on the motorcycle exploded!

https://youtu.be/bQ82dCcqpBY?t=42s

jimnyc
11-16-2015, 09:13 PM
Good thing I wasn't trying to convince you of anything. I couldn't care less what you believe. Sorry!