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Qatar Slams Airstrike On Idlib Healthcare Facility

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A healthcare facility in Idlib managed by Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) was damaged because of the airstrike on January 5. The facility has become inoperative since then, which will have an impact on patients.

QRCS staff is moving the undamaged medical equipment to a safer place and also examining the resulting loss, while making sure that there were no casualties.

QRCS has condemned the act against the civilians as well as relief and medical workers. It is a clear violation of all international laws and conventions that provide protection for hospitals, hospital staff, and humanitarians at conflict zones.

The damaged facility serves more than 90,000 people and it is the only health center in this part of the governorate of Idlib.

It comprises several clinics and departments (gynecology, pediatrics & IMCI, dentistry, dermatology, ophthalmology, and internal/general medicine). It has a total manpower of 34 medical and nonmedical personnel. In 2017, the center received more than 68,200 patients.

In another incident on January 8, two doctors who volunteer with QRCS were injured in an explosion in Batabo, Aleppo. An improvised explosive device (IED) hit their car directly while heading for their work at a health care center. The two victims underwent a surgery to remove the shrapnel, and their health conditions are now stable.

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