Somalia: shelling of Mogadishu's Keysaney Hospital results in death of patient
30-06-2010 News Release 10/121
Geneva (ICRC) – Keysaney Hospital in northern Mogadishu was hit by a shell yesterday afternoon, killing one patient and wounding another. The shell struck the triage building, where war-wounded patients were waiting for medical emergency care, destroying the roof, producing cracks in the wall and leaving the hospital more exposed than ever. The hospital was clearly marked with the red crescent emblem.
" We are deeply concerned about the patients and staff at Keysaney. The situation is more than desperate when people cannot even feel safe in a hospital. Medical personnel and facilities are scarce in Somalia, " said Dr Ahmed Mohamed Hassan, president of the Somali Red Crescent Society. " The services provided by Keysaney are absolutely vital. "
Although nothing suggests that the hospital was deliberately targeted, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Somali Red Crescent remind all parties to the conflict of their obligation to spare medical staff and hospitals, clinics and similar facilities. Attacks may be directed only against persons taking a direct part in hostilities and against military objectives, and warring parties must spare the civilian population and civilian objects at all times.
Keysaney is one of two ICRC-supported surgical referral hospitals in Mogadishu. It is managed by the Somali Red Crescent and accepts all patients, regardless of their clan and religious or political background. The ICRC provides the hospital with surgical equipment, medicines and training for doctors and nurses. Since the beginning of the year nearly 1400 war patients have been treated at the hospital, including over 300 women and around 200 children.For further information, please contact:
Yves Van Loo, ICRC Somalia, tel: +254 736 084 015
Nicole Engelbrecht, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 22 71 or +41 79 217 32 17