U.S. Must Lead World In Protecting Health Workers In Syria

New York Times: In Syria, Doctors Become the Victims
Leonard Rubenstein of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and M. Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society

“…International law is supposed to protect health workers treating anyone who is sick or wounded. Not in Syria: There, along with bakeries and schools, one of the most dangerous places to be is in a hospital or an ambulance. According to Physicians for Human Rights, more than 560 medical personnel have been killed and 155 medical facilities have been attacked since the conflict began, though based on our interviews these numbers are understated. … The Obama administration must affirm America’s leadership role and act to save people under such relentless attack. When work in a field hospital becomes like death, it is difficult to imagine how life has any chance at all” (11/19).

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