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Attacks on civilians and medical facilities in Syria

Thursday 11 January 2018
Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación

​Spain expresses its concern at the reports of attacks on residential areas and medical facilities carried out in Syria over recent weeks, which have caused a high number of civilian casualties and affected medical personnel and facilities.

​Spain stresses the need for both parties in the conflict to comply fully with the obligations of international law, including international humanitarian law, which obliges parties to distinguish between legitimate targets and those that are not.

Spain is particularly concerned at the attacks on medical facilities. Spain reminds all parties that Resolution 2286 (2016) Adopted by the United Nations Security Council requires all parties in any conflict to respect and protect medical and humanitarian personnel exclusively engaged in medical duties, their means of transport and equipment, hospitals and other medical facilities; and that they facilitate the safe and unimpeded passage of medical personnel, their means of transport, equipment and medical supplies to enable the delivery of medical assistance to those that need it in accordance with international humanitarian law.

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