Merkel criticizes ‘deliberate’ attacks on Syrian hospitals

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticizes deliberate attacks on hospitals on Syria, and says it’s “very regrettable” that Russia is supporting President Bashar Assad’s government.

Merkel renews her criticism of Assad and Russia’s backing of him in a speech on Wednesday to the German Parliament.

“There are too many indications that hospitals and medical facilities are deliberately being bombed and, pardon me, that is internationally forbidden, that has to be pursued under criminal law,” she says.

Merkel adds: “The Assad regime must know, and it is very regrettable that Russia is supporting this regime.”

She pledges to keep pursuing political solutions, “even if it seems as hopeless as it does at present.”

— AP

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