New report says health facilities attacked in 19 countries

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Posted: May 23, 2016 5:38 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A coalition of 30 health and humanitarian organizations says in a new report that deliberate or indiscriminate attacks have decimated health facilities, killed medical workers and patients, and robbed countless civilians of care in 19 countries during 2015 and the first three months of 2016.

The Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition said Monday the attacks took place from Colombia across Africa and the Middle East to Asia. Including in Pakistan, Myanmar and Thailand.

Coalition Co-chair Leonard Rubenstein of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health says "the report shows both the pervasiveness and variety of attacks on health facilities, staff and patients globally."

The report said health facilities were bombed, shelled, burned or looted in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Central African Republic, Congo, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan.