MSF Statement Regarding Attack on Aid Convoy in Syria

A picture taken on April 28, 2016 shows Syrian men inspecting the damage at the Al-Quds hospital building following reported airstrikes on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Sukkari in the northern city of Aleppo. Doctors Without Borders condemned Thursday the "outrageous" air strike on a hospital it was supporting in the war-torn northern Syrian city of Aleppo, where doctors were among those killed. Local rescue workers said the overnight strike on the Al-Quds hospital and a nearby residential building left 30 people dead. Among them was the only paediatrician operating in the rebel-controlled eastern parts of Aleppo city, they said. Doctors Without Borders, which is also known by the acronym MSF, said two doctors were among 14 people killed in the strike on the hospital. In an online statement Thursday, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it had been donating medical supplies to Al-Quds since 2012. MSF said it had been donating medical supplies since 2012 to the 34-bed Al-Quds hospital, where eight doctors and 28 nurses worked full time. Karam Al-Masri/AFP
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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is shocked by the September 19 attack on a humanitarian aid convoy that was designed to bring some small bit of relief to people in Syria’s Aleppo governorate, large swathes of which have been destroyed by the ongoing conflict in the country.

The convoy had been launched by the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and was headed for Urm Al-Kubra, in Aleppo’s western countryside. It consisted of some 31 trucks. At least 18 of those trucks were hit in the attack, the UN reported, and a number of SARC personnel were killed.

MSF would like to express our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of the SARC volunteers who were killed in the attack, which demonstrated, once again, a complete and utter contempt for any efforts to alleviate the suffering.

MSF strongly denounces this attack, which was yet another example of the wholesale disregard for the basic rules of war in the Syrian conflict.

All warring parties involved in the conflict in Syria must respect humanitarian workers and civilians, health facilities, and civilian infrastructures. The major international powers involved in this conflict must assume their responsibilities and take more concrete steps to put an end to attacks against civilian infrastructure, including medical facilities and aid convoys.