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2016 sees 302 attacks on health care in 20 countries: WHO

(Xinhua)    11:03, May 20, 2017

GENEVA, May 19 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday released the latest figure on attacks on health care, saying that in 2016, there were 302 such attacks across 20 countries.

WHO said that such attacks on health facilities, health workers and ambulances continue with alarming frequency, and they have direct consequences for health service delivery, depriving people of often urgently needed care.

According to WHO, in the first quarter of 2017, some 88 attacks on health facilities were recorded, which killed at least 80 people.

WHO said its data was gathered from open sources and is sorted according to type of attack, and country.

"WHO condemns these attacks and continues to advocate for an end to such attacks in all settings," WHO said in a statement.

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