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UN data says Syria targets hospitals

Report describes torture, murder of medical workers

GENEVA — Syrian government forces are systematically attacking hospitals and medical staff and denying treatment to the sick and wounded from opposition-controlled or affiliated areas, the UN investigators said Friday in a new report that also detailed the use of hospitals as torture centers by military intelligence.

“The denial of medical care as a weapon of war is a distinct and chilling reality of the war in Syria,” the UN Commission of Inquiry monitoring human rights in Syria said in its report. The panel said progovernment forces carried out such attacks “as a matter of policy,” but it also documented instances of attacks on hospitals by opposition forces.

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