STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY ON ATTACK ON AL-QUDS HOSPITAL IN ALEPPO, SYRIA, APRIL 28, 2016

Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State

Washington, DC

April 28, 2016

 

We are outraged by yesterday’s airstrikes in Aleppo on the al-Quds hospital supported by both Doctors Without Borders and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which killed dozens of people, including children, patients, and medical personnel.

While we are still trying to gather the facts surrounding the circumstances of this attack, it appears to have been a deliberate strike on a known medical facility and follows the Assad regime’s appalling record of striking such facilities and first responders. These strikes have killed hundreds of innocent Syrians.

The United Nations today assessed the situation in Aleppo to be catastrophic, and the regime’s most recent offensive actions there – despite the cessation of hostilities – compound the violence and undermine the cessation of hostilities.

Russia has an urgent responsibility to press the regime to fulfill its commitments under UNSCR 2254, including in particular to stop attacking civilians, medical facilities, and first responders, and to abide fully by the cessation of hostilities.