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The closure of hospitals and attacks should be taken seriously by the international community.

The closure of hospitals and attacks should be taken seriously by the international community.

The hospitals and clinics in the armed conflict, Kachin, Kayah, Shan, Sagaing, and Magway, between last April and this May, were targeted at least seven times by the air force and the army.

According to the statement of the National Unity Government, Ministry of Health and the statements of the locals, due to the attacks, within two months, the hospital, clinic, including ambulances, medicine and medical supplies were destroyed and five civilians, including health workers, were killed and 11 were injured.

On the morning of May 17th, two rural medical facilities were destroyed due to an aerial attack by the military junta on Sawlon Village, Bawlakhe Township, Kayah State. A monastery and six houses were destroyed. A 17-year-old villager woman was killed and four other men were injured.

On April 25, 2023, the military council airstrike hit the Hsawang Phwe Village Hospital, which was treating war victims and civilians in southern Shan State, and a woman giving birth at the hospital was killed. Four people, including a nurse, were injured.

When the jet fighter dropped more than 10 bombs on the hospital at least five times, the first bomb hit a woman giving birth, the local residents said.

At the same time, Palace Hospital, City Hospital, and Kant Kaw Hospital which allowed CDM health workers from Mandalay to work. The military council issued an order on May 15 that three private hospitals, had their business licenses revoked.

After CDM Professor Dr. Win Khaing, who was working at the Palace Hospital, was arrested by the military council at the end of 2022, the hospitals were forced to close completely without accepting patients since January 2023. Now, after five months, business licenses have been revoked.

Magway, Myaing Township, in the village of Magyikan, the military council army attacked the village hospital donated by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on the morning of April 18 with a Mi-35 military helicopter. Entering the village from the ground and destroyed the hospital and arrested the doctors and nurses. A 15-year-old child was also killed in the raid.

He said that due to this attack, medicines and medical equipment, including an X-ray machine, worth about 80 million Kyats were lost.

On the side of the military council, they attacked after receiving information that PDFs were living in the village of Magyikan, and reported that military equipment was seized from the rural clinic in the village of Magyikan.

In the same month of April,Tharsi Station Hospital, Shweku Township, Kachin State, Nyaung PinThar Station Hospital,Tigyaing Township, Sagaing Region, A rural health clinic in the village of Kantbalu Township was also attacked and destroyed.

On April 7, an emergency rescue medical team was providing health care at a front line between Shan State and Kayah State, when the Military Army dropped an aerial bomb without a fight, killing two health care workers and injuring three others, according to the NUG Ministry of Health.

In more than two years from February 1, 2021, when the military seized power, to February 28, 2023, The NUG Ministry of Health announced on April 20 that the hospital, 188 attacks and destruction of clinics, 59 ambulances were damaged and 49 ambulances were confiscated.

In just over two years, 71 health workers were killed. The statement also stated that 836 people were arrested.


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