Syrian Hospital in Afrin Shelled, 13 Dead

Artillery shelling and missiles struck a Syrian hospital in the northern city of Afrin on Saturday killing at least 13, including two hospital staff. 

The attack on Al-Shifaa Hospital injured 23 others including 11 staff and a midwife who is in critical condition, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations who condemned the attack.

Authorities are still investigating those responsible for the attack.

The first missile hit the emergency room of the hospital while the second missile hit the labor and delivery room, said the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) which supports the hospital.

“We’re appalled by continued attacks on healthcare. Innocent civilians and health workers continue to pay a heavy price in this conflict. Should any of us accept a world in which simply going to a hospital to deliver your newborn puts your life in grave danger?” said SAMS President, Dr. Mufaddal Hamadeh in a statement and has urged investigations to hold perpetrators accountable.

The WHO condemned the attack and “urges all parties to the conflict in northwest Syria to respect the safety and neutrality of health workers and health facilities. Tragedies like this can and should be avoided by warring parties as obligated under International Humanitarian Law,” in a statement Sunday. 

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