Deadly attack attributed to government takes place in town of Atareb, Syria

A deadly attack by Syrian government artillery took place in the town of Atareb in Syria.  Artillery shelling has killed six civilians, including a child when it hit a surgical hospital in rebel-held northwest Syria, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has said in a statement. 

The attack on Sunday in the town of Atareb has also wounded 16 civilians including five health staff, the IRC said 

“Four of the injured are in a critical condition,” IRC said, adding that the hospital is run by its partner organisation SAMS. 

“Although SAMS shared the hospital’s coordinates through the UN’s notification system, it came under attack and has now been damaged so severely that it can no longer be used,” Rehana Zawar, the IRC’s country director for northwest Syria said in a statement. 

“Health facilities are protected under international law and should be safe havens in times of crisis, but after 10 years of war this is not the case in Syria. Since the start of the conflict, Physicians for Human Rights have documented close to 600 attacks on health care,” Zawar said. 

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