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Assessing the status of medical facilities in Syria: Al-Quds

Update 10 May 2016: Please note, the damage assessment of this incident has been modified in the following report to reflect the correct location of Al-Quds hospital.

At the request of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), the Geospatial Technologies Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science is using high-resolution satellite imagery to examine medical facilities throughout Syria. The purpose of this assessment is to verify reports of damage and destruction gathered by PHR. PHR has been documenting attacks on medical facilities and personnel in Syria as part of its Anatomy of a Crisis: A Map of Attacks on Health Care in Syria project through traditional news media, social media, and PHR’s network of ground contacts.  Due to the violent conflict occurring across the country, it is difficult to verify reports of both the location and dates of damage. Satellite imagery analysis provides a means to perform this verification remotely.

On 28 April 2016, Medicins sans Frontieres (MSF) reported that the Al-Quds hospital in the As-Sukkari neighborhood of Aleppo was hit by a direct air strike, causing extensive damage to the hospital and nearby buildings. Analysis of satellite imagery confirmed that Al-Quds Hospital was damaged and an adjacent building had collapsed between 25 April 2016 and 29 April 2016.