WHO chief ‘shocked and appalled’ by Afghan clinic attack

World Health Organization holds daily news briefing on coronavirus, in Geneva
FILE PHOTO: Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019), in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

May 13, 2020

GENEVA (Reuters) – World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday he was “shocked and appalled” by an attack on a maternity clinic run by the international humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières in Afghanistan.

Gunmen dressed in police uniforms on Tuesday stormed the Kabul hospital that housed the clinic, killing 16 people including two newborn babies.

Medical facilities “should never be a target”, Tedros told an online press briefing.

(Reporting by Michael Shields and Emma Farge; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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