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Hospitals, medical staff targeted in wars: ICRC

Reuters, GENEVA

Somalia lost only the second batch of medical graduates in 20 years when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a university ceremony in Mogadishu in December 2009, killing 22.

Taliban insurgents in Kandahar used an ambulance packed with explosives in April to kill 12 people at a police training base, the ICRC said.

“In recent unrest in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen, protesters have been too afraid to use medical facilities for fear their wounds will identify them and provoke harsh reprisals,” it said.

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