More Than 900 Attacks Recorded On Health Facilities, Personnel, Patients In 2018, Safeguarding Health In Conflict Coalition Report Shows

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“Over 900 recorded attacks were carried out on health care facilities, personnel, and patients in 23 countries in conflict last year, a significant rise on the 701 instances reported in 2017. The figures are included in the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition 2018 report, which brings together data from bodies such as the World Health Organization and the U.N…” (Mahase, 5/15).

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“…[T]he coalition cautioned that it was unclear if the higher number reflected more attacks or higher reporting after the World Health Organization (WHO) implemented a standardized system for collecting data on attacks last year. … The countries with the most reported attacks on health workers in 2018 were the occupied Palestinian territories with 308 and Syria with 257, followed by Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, and CAR. … In the 23 countries studied, the attackers included government forces, foreign government forces, religious extremists, and armed rebel groups, the coalition said…” (Wulfhorst, 5/15).

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