UN demands protection for hospitals in conflicts

2016-05-03 20:28


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New York - The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution demanding that all parties to conflicts protect medical personnel, hospitals and medical facilities against violence and attacks - and face justice if they don't.

The resolution adopted on Tuesday follows a spate of deadly attacks on hospitals, including one last week in Syria.

It expresses deep concern that the number of attacks is increasing despite obligations under international law that combatants protect medical staff and facilities as well as the sick or wounded.

The resolution was drafted by five council members - New Zealand, Spain, Egypt, Japan and Uruguay.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said every country must do more than just condemn attacks, and act to protect hospitals and staff and punish those responsible for such violence.

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