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[Comment] Humanitarian medicine is more than a technical exercise

What a sad indictment of our times that the Turkey Hub of the Health Cluster, a UN-activated humanitarian health coordination body, has begun to calculate the confirmed number of attacks against hospitals in Syria. Mohamed Elamein and colleagues,1 as part of the Lancet Series on health in humanitarian crises,2–5 present evidence on the use of the Monitoring Violence against Health Care tool to detect and verify attacks on health-care services and describe their effect in Syria. The tragic story these statistics tell highlights the need for action to stop attacks against health-care settings and workers in Syria and elsewhere in the world.

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