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U.N. Security Council Unanimously Adopts Resolution Calling For Protection Of Health Facilities, Workers In War Zones, As Hospital Bombed In Government-Held Aleppo

The Guardian: U.N. demands protection for war zone hospitals after ‘epidemic of attacks’
“The U.N. Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution intended to protect hospitals, medical professionals, and patients from ‘an epidemic of attacks’ on health facilities in war zones…” (Jones, 5/3).

New York Times: U.N. Security Council Condemns Attacks on Health Workers in War Zones
“…The rules of war, enshrined for decades, require hospitals to be treated as sanctuaries from war — and for health workers to be left alone to do their jobs. … On Tuesday, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to remind warring parties everywhere of the rules, demanding protection for those who provide health care, and accountability for violators. The measure urged member states to conduct independent investigations and prosecute those found responsible for violations ‘in accordance with domestic and international law’…” (Sengupta, 5/3).

New York Times: Another Aleppo Hospital Is Hit, This Time on Government-Held Side
“Insurgent shelling hit a maternity hospital in the government-held section of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday, according to state media and footage from the scene, underscoring what rights groups are calling a growing disregard for the rules of war. It was the sixth assault on a medical facility in the divided city in less than a week…” (Barnard, 5/3).

U.N. News Centre: Security Council demands protection for hospitals and health workers in conflict zones
“…Speaking to the 15-member body, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated that denying people access to essential health care is a serious violation of international humanitarian law. ‘All too often, attacks on health facilities and medical workers are not just isolated or incidental battlefield fallout, but rather the intended objective of the combatants. This is shameful and inexcusable,’ Mr. Ban told Council members…” (5/3).

VOA News: U.N. Calls for Medical Protections in War Zones
“… ‘Today, almost half of all medical facilities in Syria are now closed or only partially functioning. Millions of Syrians lack life-saving health care,’ Ban said on Tuesday during a briefing in New York on health care in armed conflict. He added that a similar pattern of systematic destruction of health facilities is evident in Yemen…” (5/3).

Wall Street Journal: U.N., Condemning Hospital Attacks, Asks for Adherence to International Law
“…[L]eading world powers also faced an unsettling view of their dual role. The Security Council is supposed to enforce world peace, but most of its permanent members — the U.S., U.K., Russia, and France — are engaged in active warfare and have been accused of disregarding the Geneva conventions…” (Fassihi, 5/3).

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