Thoroughly and deliberately targeted; Doctors in Syria

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As Syria enters its ninth year of conflict, doctors are struggling to provide health care to a badly damaged country. While dealing with medicine shortages, mass casualties and everything that comes with working in a warzone, healthcare facilities and their staff are also facing an unprecedented number of targeted and often repeated attacks. According to a new report, there were 257 recorded attacks on hospitals, medical transportation and healthcare workers in Syria in 2018. And despite these attacks being illegal under international law, they are becoming the new normal. In this podcast, Elisabeth Mahase talks to Feras Fares, a gynaecologist from Syria, Len Rubenstein, chair of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, and Declan Barry, an Irish pediatrician who worked with MSF in Syria in 2013.

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