Red Cross: Stop attacking hospitals, health workers

August 12, 2011

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday called for an end to deadly attacks on hospitals, physicians, and medical staff, who have become targets in conflicts and wars worldwide.

A recent ICRC report found that 655 violent incidents disrupted health care delivery in 16 countries from 2008 to the beginning of 2011.

During those incidents, 128 medical personnel were kidnapped, 159 health care workers were killed or injured, and 32 ambulances were damaged (Nebehay, Reuters, 8/10; AP/Google News, 8/10).