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Statement during the May 2017 UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict:

“Statistics prove that about 75 per cent of all war victims are civilians, due to hostilities and the excessive use of explosives in urban areas. Those fatalities and gross violations of human rights are accompanied by large-scale forced displacements, which have led to a global protection crisis. The survival of injured victims is dependent on fully operational medical facilities and medical and humanitarian personnel. Therefore the destruction of those facilities might be used by armed groups as a new weapon of war. At the same time, we must acknowledge that health facilities are also frequently demolished as collateral damage in our attempts to fight terrorism and armed groups.”

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