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UN sets up internal investigation on Syrian hospital bombings


Sept. 14, 2019

Syrian hospitals are supposed to be exempt from attacks but a number of facilities have been bombed since a memorandum was signed.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced on Friday that he will be establishing an internal investigation into the bombing of various hospitals in Syria.
The hospitals, which have flagged their coordinates to avoid air strikes, had been bombed anyway.
Guterres referred to what he called "a series of incidents that have occurred in northwest Syria" which have taken place since the signing of Memorandum on stabilization of the situation in the Idlib De-escalaition area between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey on September 17th 2018.
The investigation will cover destruction of, or damage to facilities on the deconfliction list and UN-supported facilities in the area.
Stephane Durjarric, the spokesperson of the secretary general stated that this is not a criminal investigation, but rather aiming to establish the facts for the secretary general.
The board will begin its work on September 30th, though it is yet to have a deadline as to when they'll have to submit their findings. Being urged by Human Right Watch to work quickly, saying " work quickly to attribute attacks on medical facilities and other humanitarian sites in Syria to the forces who committed them."
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