PARIS, Feb 17 (NNN-KUNA) — The French Foreign Ministry on Thursday issued a strong statement condemning an air raid that damaged a hospital in Deraa, Syria, three days ago, causing damage and casualties.

The attack was on a medical hospital supported by NGO Handicap International, which has also been highly critical of Syrian air raids and those of its allies on medical facilities.

Handicap also says that the regime “indiscriminately” targets civilians and medical facilities in conflict zones.

“We recall that deliberately targeting medical centres is contrary to international law,” the French statement said.

It warned Syria that such attacks violated UN Security Council resolution 2286, which “demands the protection of medical installations and personnel in conflicts.”

Syria’s actions “are likely to be qualified as war crimes” and “should not go unpunished,” Paris said, reiterating a call for a cessation of hostilities and humanitarian access to conflict areas.

The statement also said that France hoped that the forthcoming negotiations on Syria to take place in Geneva on February 23 would allow for progress towards “a veritable political transition” in line with UN resolutions and the original Geneva communiqu?(copyright) that foresees the departure of President Bashar Al-Assad.

Source; Nam News Network

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PARIS, Feb 17 (NNN-KUNA) -- The French Foreign Ministry on Thursday issued a strong statement condemning an air raid that damaged a hospital in Deraa, Syria, three days ago, causing damage and casualties.The attack was on a medical hospital supported by NGO Handicap International, which has also been highly...