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Jonathan Whittall

معالجة الإرهابيين

[صورة لقصف مستشفى اطباء بلا حدود. المصدر: موقع جوجل]

في 15 أغسطس/آب 2016، أصابت غارة جوية شنّها التحالف الذي تقوده السعودية مستشفى عبس الواقع في محافظة حجة في شمال غرب اليمن، مما تسبب بمقتل 19 شخصاً. وكان المستشفى، الذي شارك جميع إحداثياته مع كافة أطراف النزاع، مليئاً بالمرضى والموظفين وقت وقوع الغارة الجوية. وقد مثّل هذا القصف الهجوم الأخير من بين سلسة هجمات شُنّت على المرافق الطبية التي إمّا تديرها أو تدعمها منظّمة أطبّاء بلا حدود. وفي السنة الفائتة تم استهداف مستشفيات ومرافق أطباء بلا حدود الطبية في أفغانستان وسوريا واليمن. ...

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Treating Terrorists

[A hospital supported by MSF was destroyed by an aerial bombing in the Idlib Governorate of Syria on 6 August 2016, killing four hospital staff and nine others, including five children. Source: MSF.]

On 15 August 2016, a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit the Abs hospital in the Hajjah governorate of northwestern Yemen, killing nineteen people. The hospital, whose GPS coordinates were known by all parties to the conflict, was full of patients and staff at the time of the airstrike. This is the latest in a string of attacks on health facilities run and supported by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). In the past year, MSF hospitals and supported facilities have been attacked ...

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Layers of Siege: The Chain of Complicity from Syria to Europe

[A child from Syria holds a placard at a camp for refugees and migrants in Idomeni, Greece. Source: Gemma Gillie/MSF]

Syrians are being subjected to multiple layers of siege. In the first layer, the military and other armed groups have surrounded and entrapped up to one and a half million people within the country. Most of Syria's borders are closed to those fleeing violence, marking a second layer of siege. And finally, Europe is constructing higher fences and implementing abhorrent policies designed to keep refugees out. There is a chain of complicity in undermining people’s ability to ...

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Jonathan Whittall


Jonathan Whittall is Head of Humanitarian Analysis for Médecins Sans Frontières, where he leads a team within the General Directorate in Brussels that conducts research and provides strategic operational support on the thematics of negotiated access, the challenges facing the aid system, and support for refugees and migrants. He has worked extensively in support of MSF operations in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Syria, Ukraine, and South Sudan, among other conflict contexts. He holds a Master’s degree in Humanitarian Studies and a PhD from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He is based out of Beirut and can be found on Twitter @offyourrecord.