73 dead as Russia hits 103 health facilities in Ukraine

Tedros Ghebreyesus WHO director-General

Tedros Ghebreyesus WHO Director-general

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said 73 people have died in Russian attacks on 103 health facilities in Ukraine since the start of the invasion on Feb. 24.

The “grim milestone” was crossed on Thursday, the organisation said, adding that 51 people were also injured.

Out of a total of 103 attacks, 89 have impacted health facilities and 13 have impacted transport, including ambulances, according to the WHO.

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“We are outraged that attacks on health care are continuing. Attacks on health care are a violation of international humanitarian law,” said WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

WHO representative in Ukraine, Jarno Habicht, said across the country, 1,000 health facilities were in proximity to conflict areas or in changed areas of control.

“Health workers throughout the country are risking their lives to serve those in need of medical services, and they, and their patients, must never be targeted,” Habicht said

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