At least 50 people were mercilessly killed when Russia and the Assad regime bombarded several hospitals – including a Doctors Without Borders (MSF)-supported facility – in Syria this week. Schools being used as shelters were also targeted. MSF officials indicated the attack on their hospital in Maarat al-Numan, Idlib province, appeared deliberate, with four missiles hitting the site within just minutes of each other. Meanwhile, a women and children’s hospital in Azaz, was targeted in a brutal ballistic missile attack. According to the Human Rights Watch (HRW), a total of seven hospitals and two schools in Syria bore the brunt of the attack on 15 February alone.
As attacks continue to target civilians and those attempting to provide life-saving care, it is worth asking how large scale of a massacre would have to be committed to trigger intervention on behalf of Syrian civiliansBrooklyn Middleton