Opposition member: Assad targeted more than 70% of hospitals in Syria

Orient Net - AA 2016-05-11 10:58:00

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A Syrian opposition member has said that attacks by the Assad regime on hospitals and schools in opposition-held areas of the conflict-ridden country are aimed at forcing residents to flee their homes.

In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, Jawad Abu Hatab, a member of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, said more than 70 percent of the hospitals in opposition-held areas had been targeted by Assad regime "forces."

"These attacks aim to force residents to leave their homes and native areas," he said, going on to cite recent attacks by regime terrorists and Russian warplanes in the northern Aleppo province.

"These attacks will force thousands of civilians to flee to the border with a view to leaving Syria," he said.

"How can people stay there when there are no hospitals or schools?" he asked.

Abu Hatab also lamented the chronic shortage of doctors and medical staff in opposition-held areas of Syria.

"Doctors in opposition-controlled areas are either in jail, living in constant fear of attack, or have already immigrated abroad," he said.

He went on to urge the international community to pressure both the Assad regime and Russia to halt their attacks on hospitals and civilian infrastructure.

"If it wanted to, the international community could impose a no-fly zone within 24 hours and stop warplanes from bombing hospitals," he said.

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