• Lexi Ponder

Syria airstrikes targets multiple hospitals

On Sept. 19, 2017, multiple hospitals were targeted in airstrikes in a rebel-held province in Syria. CNN reported that it is still “conflicting” about the number of hospitals that were under attack and how many people were killed. However, according to Aljazeera, a war monitor, and rescue teams, “At least four hospitals have been targeted by air raids in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, killing three people and wounding several.”

The airstrikes happened after opposition factions launched the attack on multiple government-held villages along the border between Idlib and Hama. This attack is assumed to be led by a former al-Qaeda member. According to CNN, the attacks also apparently came the day after the Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria presented a report on the civil war to UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

According to Aljazeera, Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said, “The raids hit a maternity hospital in the village of al-Tah and a medical outpost in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, as well as near two other hospitals in Idlib province.”

Aljazeera also reported that the attacks on the hospital left an elderly female employee of the hospital dead. She was labeled the first civilian death in airstrikes in Idlib province since May. According to the medical charity UOSSM, the elderly woman that died was identified to be a cleaner in the hospital, and other faculty members were injured.

CNN stated, “Tuesday marked the first deadly airstrikes in Idlib in months, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.”